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TRAVEL makes one modest,you see what a tiny place youoccupy in the WORLDQUOTE: GUSTAVE FLAUBERT. LOCATION: VERNAZZA, ITALY


“FROM THE POLAR BEARS OF SPITSBERGEN TO THE SUNNYSHORES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, OUR BIGGEST-EVER EUROPEPROGRAMME LEAVES NO STONE UNTURNED.”


START THE ADVENTUREIt’s in our DNA. Whether we’re haggling with the locals, tryingweird and wonderful food or trekking new territory, we like tokeep things interesting. It’s the whole reason we set up STATravel in 1979.We love nothing more than getting to know a new language,culture or environment and, 35 years later, we’re still exploring.We’re convinced that experiencing the wonders of our planetopens your mind and stretches your horizons. We listen to ourtravellers, our expert staff visit faraway places and we use thisknowledge to create your very own life-changing experience.Inside, you’ll find no end of incredible adventures to inspire yourultimate trip to Europe, whether you’re looking for an iconic multicountryjourney or just a quick break to explore a little-knowncorner of this breathtaking continent. From shoestring hostels toluxurious hotels, and from great value camping tours to incredibleski adventures, we’ve also got every budget covered.Our expert advice, unique experiences and amazing special offers willmake sure you never look at the world in quite the same way again.So buckle up, you’re about to uncover a whole new way to travel.CONTENTS04 We Know Because We Go!05 Save With STA Travel06 Flying High08 Kickstart Your Trip10 Sleep With Us12 Go Smart or Go Home13 Stay Connected14 Making it Count16 Discover Europe18 WORKING HOLIDAYS20 LEARN A LANGUAGE22 FESTIVALS & EVENTS31 ON THE ROAD31 Car Rental32 Campervan Rental33 Rail Passes36 Coach Travel38 Busabout43 Bamba Experience46 EUROPEAN TOURING47 Multi-Country & RegionalTours for 18-35s86 SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES87 Regional Tours105 BUDGET ADVENTURES111 ACTIVE HOLIDAYS118 LOCAL LIVING120 UK & IRELAND121 Regional Tours132 MEDITERRANEAN SAILING133 Spain134 Croatia138 Greece142 Turkey147 CITIES148 London153 Edinburgh, Dublin155 Paris158 Amsterdam161 Rome164 Venice, Florence166 Barcelona169 Madrid, Lisbon, Vienna172 Berlin, Munich, Prague176 Reykjavik, Athens179 Greek Islands, Istanbul182 Ones to Watch184 TERMS & CONDITIONS186 TRAVEL INSURANCE3


WE KNOW BECAUSEWE GOTOP6REASONS to travel with STA Travel1.2.3.WE ARE THE EXPERTSWe know our stuff when it comes to traveladventures, we’ve been there, done that! No matterwhat your age or budget, we’ll inspire you to createyour ultimate trip.IN-STORE. ONLINE. MOBILE.With hundreds of stores all over the world, you’renever far from one of our Travel Experts. Alternatively,give us a call, browse our website or bookaccommodation and day tours on our STA Travel app.Wherever you are, our Global Travel Help is there foryou 24/7.FLEXIBLE AND COMPETITIVE AIRFARESOur unique airline partnerships offer the lowest faresand allow you to change your plans without breakingthe bank. You can secure the cheapest fares with ourflight deposit scheme, which means nothing more topay until just before you travel.4.5.6.WORLD-CLASS TRAVEL PARTNERSWe only work with the most reputable tour operatorsand accommodation providers across the globe soyou can book with confidence. We’re continuallyworking with our suppliers to maintain and improvestandards of health, safety and hygiene, but pleasenote that these can be lower than what you’re usedto at home.WE ARE RESPONSIBLEWe offer travel experiences that are not onlyauthentic but also sustainable and responsible. Webelieve in giving back to the communities we visitthrough the STA Travel Foundation (see page 15).PRICE BEAT GUARANTEEWe’ll beat any round the world price you find elsewhere**For full terms and conditions on our RTW price beat guarantee please visitwww.statravel.co.nz/rtw


SAVE WITH STA TRAVELSave with STA Travel and make that hard-earned cash stretch alittle further by taking advantage of some of our amazing offers.We’ve come up with some great, exclusive discounts to make sureyou get the best deals going.Multi-trip dealsBuy two or more tours with the same operator and get up to 5%off your total price.No single supplementsTravelling alone but happy to share a room with a same-sextraveller? If so, you’ll save the single supplement on many ofour tours.Repeat travellerTravel with the same tour operator more than once and you’ll oftenfind your loyalty is rewarded with a discount.Mates ratesSave cash if you travel as agroup, or maybe earn a freeplace if there are enough of you.Free NightsStay longer at many of our hotelsand hostels and we’ll often throwin a free night, or two...FlexSTA Travel’s unique range offlexible products aim to maketravelling easier and cheaper.Check out our Multiflex pass onpage 6.EARLY BOOKINGBook your trip well in advanceof your travel date and you mayqualify for reduced rates.ISICdiscountStudents,teachers andanyone under 31 can graban ISIC, ITIC or IYTC card toqualify for 1000s of discountsat home and abroad. Bag anexclusive deal with STA Travelon flights, tours and more (seepage 12).Free ISICdiscountcardIf you are eligible for an ISIC,ITIC or IYTC card, you can getyours absolutely free when youbook one of the tours operatedby our partners, G Adventures.Look for this symbolthroughout this brochure.5


FLYINGHIGHAside from our unbeatable prices, many of our airfaresare unique and exclusive meaning we can book just aboutanything you desire, from one-ways or simple return tickets,to complex and exciting round the world or multi-stopitineraries. Below is just a snippet of what we can do for you.• The absolute lowest fares with the world’s leadingairlines including exclusive discounts and flexiblebooking conditions for students holding an ISIC cardand for youths under 31 holding an IYTC card. We eventhrow in discounts for teachers holding an ITIC card forgood measure!• The flexibility to change your travel dates and routebefore and after departure.• Build your very own itinerary using our exclusiveone-way fares.• 100s of STA Travel stores worldwide giving youpersonal support as you travel the globe.GET THE BEST PRICEWe’ve been helping our customers get the best airfaresfor over 35 years so our Travel Experts know exactlywhere to look and what to check to give you the deal of alifetime! Buy an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card to be eligible for ourexclusive student, under 31, and teacher fares. We’ll beat anycompetitor on price and that’s a promise – seestatravel.com or ask in store for details. Sign up to ourweekly newsletter by visiting statravel.com to receive ourbest offers and the chance to win amazing prizes!ROUND THE WORLDWe practically invented the concept of flying round theworld, so we’ve got a huge range of exclusive choices andplenty of suggestions for you. Our fares are totally flexibleas we know once on the road, plans sometimes change!STOPOVERSThe vast majority of our fares allow discounted, or evenfree, stopovers en route to your final destination. You don’tneed to limit it to a night or two as some of our fares allowstopovers of weeks or even months! So, in effect you couldbe getting two or more countries for the price of one. Thesearen’t bookable online so be sure to ask your Travel Expertwhat’s available for you.MULTIFLEX PASSWe love the free-spirited independenceof travel and we want to give you asmuch flexibility as possible to chaseyour dreams and stretch your horizons.On our exclusive tickets you can buy your date changesup front, saving you $$$s and giving you the freedom tochange your mind without worrying about the cost whileyou’re travelling. Our Multiflex passes start from just$99; ask us for more information.*Age restrictions may vary, please speak to your STA Travel Expert6


FLY EMIRATESTwenty eight years ago Emirates was born, launchingflights from its home base in Dubai, with just two leasedaircraft. Growing up alongside you, today they fly to over140 destinations in 81 countries with a modern fleet of 217passenger aircraft and counting. Their network and passengerfleet continues to grow rapidly, providing you with even moreoptions to explore.Emirates have Europe covered with over 35 destinationsto choose from including London, Glasgow, Dublin, Paris,Geneva, Rome and Barcelona. If those cities aren’t excitingenough, most recently they have added Brussels, Oslo andBudapest… fly into one and out of another! With their homein Dubai, one of the world’s most exciting and thriving cities,you’d be crazy not to make the most of a stopover on yourway to Europe.Fly Emirates, look at the inclusions!• Generous baggage allowance – 30kgs in Economy Classand even more if you’re at the pointy end or find yourselfupstairs on their A380!• Award winning meals and complimentary beverages• Up to 1800 channels of movies, TV shows, video games,music and more..• Modern fleet offering a superior in-flight experience• OnAir Wi-fi available on all Emirates A380s• Join Emirates’ award winning frequent flyer programme– Skywards. It is free to join and opens up a world ofexclusive benefits and privileges to make your travel morerewarding and enjoyableIt’s an easy decision – fly with Emirates for the best EconomyClass in the business!And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, if you’reunder 26 or a student under 31, you can also save even moreon your Emirates flight with STA Travel thanks to our specialdiscounted airfares! Quality and great prices, what more couldyou ask for?So, if you’re looking for a great deal and amazing service foryour trip to Europe, with the opportunity to discover Dubaion the way, choose Emirates for an exceptional journey fromstart to finish.


KICKSTART YOUR TRIPThere’s no more convenient way to travel than on a tour.It takes all the hassle out of travelling, opens your mindto local cultures, gets you trying out a whole bunch ofexciting new activities and is a great way to make newfriends from all over the world. You’ll visit all the must-seehighlights, of course, but expert guides will also take you toauthentic, out-of-the-way places that only those with insiderknowledge would know. You’d probably never find them onyour own! Taking a tour can usually be cheaper than tryingto put it together yourself so whatever your budget, we’reconfident you’ll find your perfect trip. We also guarantee thatyou will not find the same tour cheaper anywhere else.To help you choose the trip style that’s right for you see the‘Inclusions’ box on each of the tour pages and look out forthe following logos throughout the brochure:These tours encourage you to step off the beaten path andimmerse yourself in your chosen destination. You’ll usuallyshare your trip with no more than 16 like-minded travellers,though the average group size is often lower.Independent travel in Europe is easy with Busabout andBamba Experience, whose hop-on, hop-off bus networksallow you to explore at your own pace and according to yourown itinerary.For the ultimate flexibility, consider one of our self-drivetours which include your accommodation and a handyself-drive kit packed with maps and directions. Car rental isbought separately so you can choose your own vehicle.mini adventureExactly what it says on the tin. These exciting short tourscan be booked on their own, added on to a longer tour ormixed and matched to create your own itinerary. You arelikely to be travelling with other like-minded people but eachtour is different, run by our local operators and designed formaximum enjoyment.As above, but exclusively for younger travellers lookingto experience the best of Europe with a bunch of fun andfriendly travel mates.If you are looking for private arrangements for you and yourtravel buddy(ies), check out our range of itineraries thatusually come complete with a private driver/guide.On these trips, which typically have a larger group size, you’lltravel only with 18-35 year olds who share your passion fordiscovery. These trips are super sociable, ideal for makingnew friends through shared experiences.STA TRAVELEUROPEIf you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask your STA TravelExpert to tailor make the perfect itinerary just for you.8


STA Travel is proud to partner with G Adventures to deliver an amazing range of small group adventures worldwide. G Adventures hasbeen redefining small group travel for over 20 years and their trips feature active exploration, cultural immersion and the creation oftrue, lifelong connections with the people and places they visit.All trip styles / service levelshave these in common:NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTSYou can be paired up with asame-sex roommate at no extracost or, if you prefer your ownspace, look for the ‘My OwnRoom’ prices.LIFETIME DEPOSITSIf you need to cancel orpostpone, your money’sprotected for use against afuture trip.100% GUARANTEEDDEPARTURESOnce you book, you’re going!FREE ISIC DISCOUNT CARDIf you are eligible for an ISIC, ITICor IYTC card, youcan get yours forfree when youbook any of thetours showingthis logo.Trip StylesYOLO – exclusively for 18-39 year olds, Yolo trips arefor those who want to takeon the planet in a fun andaffordable way.Classic – for travellers of allages seeking extraordinarylandscapes and wildlife, and realinteraction with local cultures.Comfort – unforgettable tripswith upgraded accommodationand transport, plus more mealsand included activities.Active - geared towardsadventurers with a love of thegreat outdoors who are hungryto hike, trek, bike, raft and more.Service LevelsCamping – great value tripswith the odd hotel stay; publicand private transport.Basic – simple and cleanhostels, hotels andguesthouses; public and privatetransport; great optionalactivities.Standard – comfortableand central mid-rangeaccommodation; publicand private transport; tophighlights included.Upgraded – well-equippedhotels; private and upgradedtransport, more included meals,activities and transfers.Physical Grading1. Easy – you can walkunaided, climb a few stairs andcarry your own bag.2. Light – some gentle walksor hikes, but still suitable forall fitness levels.3. Average – includesmoderate activities suchas hiking, biking, rafting orkayaking.4. Demanding – some hikesat higher altitudes or otherstrenuous activities.5. Challenging – serioushigh-altitude treks, climbing,cycling and heavy exercise.You’ll have nothing but choice when you travel with Contiki, on travelexperiences designed exclusively for 18-35s. More departures,more destinations and more ‘ME Time’, and with more included inthe overall trip price. You can’t see and do as much any other way!You’ll travel with couples, solo travellers and groups of friends,and you won’t be charged a single supplement if you choose totravel alone (you’ll be matched with a same-sex roommate). You’llhave constant access to valuable insider knowledge and, best ofall, on every date listed for Contiki tours in this brochure you canbe sure that your departure is 100% guaranteed!unique travel StylesHigh Energy – for anyone who lives for late nights, bright lights,epic sights and generally having a great time.Discovery Plus – if you love to see and do it all, make great matesfor life, enjoy great places to stay and fantastic inclusions.Easypace – later starts, local meals and spending two or threenights in each place, this is the more relaxed way to travel.In-Depth Explorer – live like a local on these insider access trips.Get under the skin with multi-night stays and unique experiences.Freestyle Camping – lovers of the great outdoors and adventurewill be right at home on these budget-friendly camping trips.ways to stay1. Hotels – love a bit of luxe? Rest your head in superioraccommodation where it’s all about comfort, facilities and alocation you’ll love.2. Hostels – some of the newest and best hostels in greatlocation, with fantastic facilities and friendly staff.3. Special Stopvers & Cabins – stay in a mix of hotels, hostels,Swiss chalets, resort villages with exclusive pools and nightclubs,and even a French château.4. Camping – enjoy the great outdoors with easy-to-use tents,comfy mattresses and awesome campsite facilities.9


SLEEP WITH USStar ratings are often not the best way to categorise hotels. Dependingon what country you’re travelling through, perceptions of each standardcan vary quite dramatically. To make things much easier for you, we’regiving you our own, very educated opinion on each property that wefeature. We’ve horizontally tangoed with the cool, the interesting, theenviable, the luxe and the off the wall to bring you our curated offering ofhostels, hotels, campsites and apartments, all chosen especially for you.ShoestringOur wallet-friendly digs arehand-picked by us. No frillsand no nasty surprises but agreat sociable atmosphere andfantastic locations!Alessandro Hostel, RomeGenerator, DublinBastille de Launay, ParisCliffside Suites, SantoriniHyde Park Executive, LondonGlamPackerStay in some of the mostexpressive and one-of-a-kindhostels and budget hotels around,without breaking the bank. Theyare cool and unique, just like you!Rock SolidYou want a comfy bed, a hotshower and a good range ofamenities. Ranging from low-key2* hotels to well known 4* brands,you know it’s a safe bet!A-LiSTThese flash and funky hotels areworth splashing out on. Greatfacilities, classy interiors and abit of luxury thrown in. Get yourbling on.APARTMENTBe like a local; live it up in anapartment. Wash your own socks,fix your own breakfast, share withyour mates. It’ll be like a homefrom home, wherever you are.smart city hostel, edinburgh10


Hand-pickedWe’ve searched every corner of the globe for the very bestproperties around, in every conceivable style.VettedWe’ve slept in it and vetted it for safety. We are continuallyworking with our suppliers to maintain and improve standards.We actively seek good practice in health and safety to ensureyour travels are safe and trouble free.Best Price GuaranteedNo hidden extras, no nasty surprises.hotel REVIEWSWe’ve chosen our favourite hotels and hostels forthis brochure but you don’t just have to take ourword for it. We also partner with TripAdvisor, andyou’ll find their ratings on our website and on ourmobile app. We have highlighted their TravellersChoice destinations honouring top travel spots on the relevantpages. Look out for their logo.+BONUSwhy sleepwith us?Look out for our STA Travel bonus offers. We’ve sourced thevery best deals that will ensure you save money and makethe most of your stay. Please ask your STA Travel Expert forapplicable dates, terms and conditions.Free Wi-FiWant to stay connected? Look for the free Wi-Fi symbol on ourhostels and hotels.Book your hostels and hotels as you travel atamazing prices, all from the STA Travel app.Download now before you hit the road.There are loads ofvery good reasonsto book youraccommodation withus. Here are some ofour favourites.


GO SMART OR GO HOME...Travel insuranceOK, travel insurance might not be the most exciting thing inthe world, but it could be the most important purchase youmake before you take off on your travels. You must take travelinsurance before you leave, you won’t be able to get it once youhave left your home country. Make sure you ask us to organisethe cover that’s right for you. Check out page 186 for fulldetails of all our insurance options.VisaSYour trip of a lifetime will quickly ground to a screeching haltif you forget to sort our entrance visas. Please don’t forget tocheck with the relevant embassy if you need to get a visa forthe countries you plan to visit.GLOBAL SIM CARDMake sure you always stay in contact with friends and familyback home. We offer global low cost prepaid SIMs with lowinternational roaming rates for calls, text and data in more than190 countries. There’s no contracts, no terrifying roaming billsand no special handsets - just top up, slip the SIM into yourmobile phone and start chatting.multiflex passChange your mind? Change your ticket without fees. Save$100s on date changes with our totally unique STA TravelMultiflex pass (see page 6).healthIt’s your responsibility to obtain proper and detailed medicaladvice in plenty of time before you go. We suggest you visit theSafe Travel website at www.safetravel.govt.nz or www.mfa.gov.sgfor up to date information. Your local GP can also give you adviceon which vaccinations you’ll need for particular countries.cash passportDon’t forget your MasterCard Multi-Currency Cash Passport,the chip and pin protected travel money card that gives you asafe and easy way to carry your spending money while on yourtravels, plus it can be loaded in nine different currencies.This insurance is issued and managed by AGA Assistance Australia Pty Ltd ABN 52 097 227 177 (Incorporatedin Australia) trading as Allianz Global Assistance and is underwritten by Allianz Australia Insurance Limited ABN15 000 122 850 (Incorporated in Australia) trading as Allianz New Zealand. STA Travel (NZ) Limited CompanyNo. 296025 arranges this insurance as an agent of Allianz Global Assistance. You should consider the PolicyWording before making any decisions about this product.12


STAYCONNECTEDVisit the STA Travel BLOGGet your travel fix straight from the source, with the brilliant STATravel Blog. Get the inside track on adventure travel ideas, and stockup on knowledge from behind the scenes here at STA Travel.NZ: statravel.co.nz/blogsSG: blogs.statravel.com.sgLike us on FacebookOver 800,000 travel fanatics ‘like’ us on Facebook… are you one ofthem? As well as giving away some of the world’s best travel prizes,we also smother you with inspiration. Connect with other travellers,share your best travel tips, or find the latest deals from STA Travel.NZ: facebook.com/statravel.nz SG: facebook.com/statravel.sgSign up to our NewsletterBe the first in line for our best deals and promotions, by signing upto our email newsletter.NZ: statravel.co.nz/mile-high SG: statravel.com.sg/newsletterFollow us on TwitterGet your tweet on and join the world’s biggest conversation! We’reon hand to answer your questions, and fuel your curiosity about theworld’s most exciting destinations, as well as bringing our greatestdeals. Wherever you are in the world, we’re only a tweet away.NZ: twitter.com/statravelnz SG: twitter.com/statravelsgwatch us on youtubeYep - we have our own YouTube channel where you can watchawesome videos on some of the best bits of this planet!NZ: youtube.com/statravel SG: youtube.com/statravelsgdownload the appTake STA Travel with you wherever you go with the newSTA Travel mobile app! Book your hostels and hotels asyou travel at amazing prices. Free for iPhone and Android.DOWNLOAD13


makingit countSOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY…Responsible travel has been with STA Travel in various shapesand forms since our pioneering days. Over the decades, we’vehelped millions of travellers to make deep connections to placesthey visit, and to come away with a greater sense that we’resharing this world.We believe that far from being a negative force, real sustainabletravel has the power to create opportunities to developcommunities and build a greater understanding between themany great cultures in the world that we share.To ensure we’re doing all we can to fulfil our responsibilities wehave created a three pillar approach to social responsibility.In order to ensure that we meet our responsibilities in theseareas we have created a three pillar strategy made up of OurWorld, Our Action and Our People.You can learn more about this atstatravel.co.nz/social-responsibility.htmOUR PEOPLEAs an employer we take our responsibility very seriously.We want to make sure that we support the next generationthrough offering apprenticeships and working with communitypartners local to our offices through our staff volunteeringprogramme.OUR WORLDThis planet is our playground. It is therefore only right that wedo all we can to preserve it for future generations by reducingour environmental impact.OUR ACTIONSWe work with credible partners to secure travel experiencesthat are not only authentic but also responsible andsustainable as well as regularly assessing all of our operationsto ensure that we can be proud of how we do our business. Wealso fund our very own charity, the STA Travel Foundation.14


Founded in 2012, the STA TravelFoundation is our chosen method ofgiving something back to the peopleand places that we work in. By funding anumber of projects we are really makinga difference to local communities aswell as supporting local causes in thecountries where we have stores andoffices. By harnessing our brand toraise money from our staff, customers,suppliers and networks we can helpsmaller charities access vital funds.STA Travel covers all costs of runningthis registered charity meaning thatevery penny the Foundation raisesgoes straight towards our chosencauses around the world. STA Travelalso donates $30,000 per year to thefoundation via staff donation matching.You can learn more at:statravelfoundation.comIn 2010 STA Travel embarked ona responsible travel journey withPlaneterra. Planeterra exists to supportlocal people to develop their communitiesand conserve their cultural heritage. STATravel has committed $1 million over fiveyears to Planeterra and has so far beeninstrumental in funding a communitytourism project in Thailand, watertanks and a river ambulance in Panama,building a paediatric ward in Kenya andcreating an art workshop at a drop-incentre for kids in Cuzco.Learn more at: planeterra.org/VOLUNTEERING & THE STATRAVEL CODE OF CONDUCTIf you are looking to make a worthwhilecontribution to the areas you visit,pick up a copy of our volunteeringbrochure. We only work with a selectnumber of partners who build meaningfulrelationships with local communities.We have collaborated with them todevelop a set of criteria that helpvoluntourism providers plan and managetheir programmes in a responsibleand sustainable manner. Ensuring thatlocal community needs are met whileat the same time satisfying the desiresof travellers to make a difference andcreate lasting impact, requires effectiveplanning and management and consistentmonitoring. This ensures that ourvoluntourism projects are developed withthe local communities’ needs, and not thetravellers’ or STA Travel’s needs as thefirst priority. Please ask if you would likea copy of our Code of Conduct.15


DISCOVERICELANDEUROPEIt’s not all pastis and paellain France and Spain, so whynot do something epic? TrekMont Blanc, wipe out at a SanSebastian surf camp or ridewaves along the French-Spanishcoast on a surfsafari.Bavaria’s busty maidsand brawny barmen havebeen sloshing steins atOktoberfest for over 180years. After days of hops,brezels (giant pretzels)and rollercoasters (alwaysa good idea after beer)retreat to the calm ofMunich’s English Gardensfor a surf. For real, youcan surf the river there.Sweeeeet.FINLANDSWEDENNORWAYHELSINKIST. PETERSBURGOSLOSTOCKHOLMBALTIC SEATALLINNESTONIARIGALATVIAEDINBURGHNORTH SEADENMARKCOPENHAGENLITHUANIABELFASTVILNIUSIRELANDBELARUSDUBLINUNITEDKINGDOMNETHERLANDSAMSTERDAMBERLINPOLANDWARSAWATLANTIC OCEANBILBAOPORTUGALMADRIDLISBONSPAINSEVILLELONDONFRANCEBIARRITZPARISANDORRABARCELONABRUSSELSBELGIUMLUXEMBOURGBERNSWITZERLANDNICEZURICHMILANGERMANYMUNICHFLORENCEVENICEPRAGUEITALYROMECZECH REPUBLICAUSTRIASLOVENIAVIENNAHUNGARYZAGREB CROATIAKRAKOWBOSNIA &HERZEGOVINAEurope’s unsung citystar, there’s not acobbled corner ofLisbon that’s not utterlycharming. Spend dayssnuffling custard tartsin beautiful backstreetsand wild nights partyingin the Bairro Alto.SLOVAKIABUDAPESTMONTENEGROSERBIAALBANIA MACEDONIATIRANABELGRADEGREECEMEDITERRANEAN SEAUKRAINEROMANIABUCHARESTSOFIAATHENSMOLDOVABULGARIAISTANBULTURKEY16


checklistPick up my STA Travel Europe brochureBook an appointment with a Travel Expert andget planning!Get my flights bookedMake sure I book the travel insurance cover thatbest suits my trip requirementsBuy my ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card for amazingdiscounts all over the worldGet my International SIM card for low costroaming worldwideBook somewhere to stay for at least my firstfew nightsCheck and arrange any visas requiredDownload the STA Travel app so I can bookaccommodation and day tours as I travelGet packed, it’s time to hit the road!RUSSIA RUSSIABeen inspired?thinking about spreading Yourwings a little fArther?Then pick up one of our other brochuresBLACK SEA BLACK SEAVOLUNTEER,WORK& LEARNAFRICA &THE MIDDLEEASTASIAGEORGIA GEORGIATRAVEL doesn’tbecome adventure until youLEAVE yourself behindQUOTE: MARTY RUBIN. LOCATION: SURFERS PARADISE, QU ENSLAND, AUSTRALIATravel to the edge of Europe in search ofTurkish delights! The jury may be out on thisparticular love-hate confectionery, but noton Turkey’s enchanted charms. Marvel as twocontinents collide at the bazaars, mosquesand shockingly stylish nightlife of Istanbul,or sail past ancient ruins along the dazzlingTurquoise Coast.AUSTRALIA& NEWZEALANDNORTHAMERICALATINAMERICA


WORKING HOLIDAYSWORKING HOLIDAYSYour parents might have done it, your friendsmight already be over there and it’s been topof your travel bucket list for years – a workingholiday in the UK has been a classic Kiwi riteof passage for decades. Our Work Britainprogramme offers full support on everythingfrom sorting out your two or five year visa,insurance and flights through to arrivalaccommodation and help finding a job, plusassistance from a London-based office whileyou’re there.WORK BRITAINWHAT’S INCLUDED?• Visa assistance• Help opening a bank account and tax number• Access to the resource centre in London including internet,computers, printers and photocopying• Work Britain handbook and Employment Guidelines• Your “first two nights’ accommodation including breakfast• CV assistance• Access to job listings and online members lounge• Social events• Welcome orientation• UK simcard• 1 week gym membershipELIGIBILITYYouth Mobility Scheme (2 years)You must:• Hold a New Zealand passport• Be aged between 18-30 (inclusive)FR$395Ancestry Visa (5 years):• Hold a New Zealand passport• Be aged +18 yrs. No upper age limit.• Provide proof (original birth certificates) that you have agrandparent born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle ofMan or they were born before 31 March 1922 in what is nowthe Republic of Ireland.British or European Union Passport:If you hold or are eligible to obtain a British or European Unionpassport you do not need to apply for a Youth Mobility orAncestry Visa. You are still eligible for our Work Britain program.OTHER COSTS TO CONSIDER*:• Youth Mobility Visa fee: $426• Ancestry Visa fee: $592• Personal support funds: £1890*Please note these are third party costs, they are not unique to programme participants and are subject to change.FRVISA KICKSTART$150Feeling independent, but still want help with the visa? Then optfor the Work Britain Visa Kickstart programme. IEP will take youthrough the entire visa process and give you an online documentso you can set yourself up in the UK with bank accounts, taxnumbers, accommodation, travel and more. Ask your TravelExpert about their guaranteed visa or refund policy.UK VISA FEES ADDITIONAL.FRADVENTURE UK$395 *Do you want a working holiday with adventure? The AdventureUK programme secures you a job as an activity instructor orTESOL teacher at a summer camp in the UK all before you evenleave NZ. Better yet, it is a guaranteed job or your money back!You will live amongst historic buildings in the stunning Englishcountryside and receive a salary plus discounted food andaccommodation throughout the contract. Once the summer campplacement ends you will have the support of the Work Britainprogramme for the remainder of your working holiday in the UKto assist you in your job & accommodation searches. Jobs arelimited, so apply early!UK VISA FEES ADDITIONAL.*PLUS $400 PLACEMENT FEE18VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


LEARN A LANGUAGELEARN A LANGUAGEThere are so many great reasons to learn anew language so where on earth to start?!Well, how about the fact that it not onlyallows you to develop new skills but it alsohelps boost employment opportunities, andmakes travel more enjoyable and rewarding.Getting to grips with the likes of Spanish,Italian or French opens up many doors, allowsyou to discover more of the world and canbe a lot of fun in the process! Choose frommultiple accommodation options, includingself-catered or shared student apartmentsor host family lodgings. We offer a fantasticvariety of courses totally based on whatinterests you, your current level of knowledgeand the amount of time you have up yoursleeve, as well as a wide range of excitingextra activities so you are sure to have anamazing time!LEARN SPANISHFR$556FRBARCELONA$818Located close to Las Ramblas and Playa Catalunya, this bohemianlanguage school offers standard courses as well as the option tomix it up with a Spanish and salsa combo course. Select either ahomestay (B&B) or shared apartment (self-catering).FRVALENCIA$588Buzzing Valencia is a great place to improve your language skills.The modern school offers standard and intensive courses and arooftop terrace for relaxing afternoons. Stay in local homestays(B&B) or choose a shared self-catered apartment.FRSEVILLE$671Seville is coined as Spain’s most beautiful city and proud to haveone of the leading language schools in the country. Options includestandard or intensive courses and you can choose from homestay(breakfast & lunch included) or a self-catered apartment.FRMALAGA BEACH$556The language school is located in a beautiful Andalucian villa witha garden. Take your pick from a standard or a holiday course thatincludes a city tour and extra activities. Accommodation optionscomprise either homestays or self-catered shared apartments.FRMADRID$818Madrid has it all - from art galleries to its famous nightlife.Located in Salamanca district, the school has modern classrooms,a media centre and a library. Standard or combination courses areavailable and you can stay in a homestay or a shared apartment.20VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


LEARN FRENCHFR$829FRPARIS$1,028Recognised by two French universities, the language school islocated in the heart of the city. Course options include holiday,standard, intensive and combination. Choose a homestay (B&B) ora shared apartment (self-catered).FRMONTPELLIER$829With its beaches and wide choice of bars and music venues,Montpellier is undoubtedly a student mecca. Study standard orintensive courses in the 18th Century building. Choose to stay in ahomestay on half board basis or a self-catered student residence.FRNICE$829The internationally-renowned language school is just 600 metresfrom the beach and very close to Nice University and various winebars and shops. Choose a standard or intensive course and stay inhomestay (half board) or a shared self-catered apartment.LEARN A LANGUAGELEARN ITALIANFR$787FRROME$850Situated in the old town and just a few steps from Piazza Navona,the school is located in a typical patrician’s house giving studentsan authentic Italian experience. The school has bright andspacious classrooms, a lounge area and a computer room withfree wireless Internet. Choose from standard or intensive courses.Accommodation options include homestay (B&B) or a sharedapartment (self-catering).FRFLORENCE$787Impressive architecture, plenty of piazzas and more art thanyou can shake a stick at; Florence is a top choice destination forlearning Italian. This relaxed and friendly school is located in thecity centre by the Basilica of Santa Croce and close to a varietyof bars and restaurants. The school offers standard and intensivecourses to suit your needs. Choose to stay in homestay on halfboard basis or in a self-catered apartment.21


FESTIVALS & EVENTSmusic festivals& eventsPack your dry shampoo, prep yourkidneys and collect an armfulof wristbands proving you’vesurvived Europe’s epic festivalcircuit. Join the great unwashedin the mosh pits or party withthe locals at crazy events likeKings Day, Oktoberfest and LaTomatina. Even if we can’t alwayssource your tickets, we can sortyour ride and secure your digs.Oh, and those wristbands? Weknow you’re cool, but showingthem off all year? Kinda gross.24-282-5Glastonbury - musicfestival (UK)Roskilde - music festival(Denmark)7-3110-17september18-11Edinburgh Festival - arts& fringe (Scotland)Sziget - music, culture &arts (Hungary) See page 2319-4 Oktoberfest(Germany) See page 27Rugby World Cup(UK)octoberjanuary22-26Kiruna Snow Festival(Sweden)april5 ANZAC Day (Turkey)See page 2929-6Semana Santa - paradesfor Holy Week (Spain)july2-12 Sitges InternationalFilm Festival (Spain)31Hallowe’en - variouscities (Europe)127New Year’s Day GrandParade, Paris (France)Up Helly Aa Fire Festival(Scotland) See page 28february1-17 Venice Carnival(Italy)12-18Cologne Carnival - streetfestivals (Germany)March3-66-1127May13-242-923JuneEaster in Amsterdam orParis See page 29Snowbombing Festival -music & skiing (Austria)King’s Day - street party(Holland) See page 28Cannes Film Festival(France)Tulip Festival - streetparades (Holland)White Nights -artsfestival (Russia)1-3 Hideout - electronic &house (Croatia) See page 249-119-121417-1918-2124-26Bilbao BBK Live - musicfestival (Spain) See page 25Exit - electronic, rock &pop (Serbia) See page 23Bastille Day in Paris(France)Ultra - music festival(Croatia) See page 25Benicassim - musicfestival (Spain) See page 25Tomorrowland electronicmusic festival (Belgium)augustnovember1-30Christmas Markets -various cities (Europe)december22 Eastern Festive TrekSee page 29825Festival of Lights -illuminations (France)Christmas in Amsterdamor Paris See page 3014-17 St. Patrick’s Festival(Ireland) See page 2815-19Las Fallas de Valencia -fire fiesta (Spain)11-14 Isle of Wight Festival(England)26 La Tomatina(Spain) See page 266-10Soundwave - sailing &dance (Croatia) See page 243131New Year in Amsterdamor Paris See page 30Edinburgh Hogmanay(Scotland) See page 3022VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


EXIT FESTIVALWhat started as a youth protestagainst a hated regime has fastbecome one of Europe’s mostformidable rock, pop, hip hopand electronic music festivals.Up to 260,000 guests came lastyear to party in Novi Sad, at anhistoric 300 year-old Serbianriver fortress. The setting isalmost as incredible as theline up - including the likes ofRudimental, Skrillex, DamonAlbarn and Disclosure.EXIT FESTIVAL(HOSTEL)FR$8396 DAYSMake your way to Belgrade and meet yourfellow festival goers over dinner and a pubcrawl. Travel to Novi Sad for four daysof incredible music and dancing. Includes1 night hotel & 4 nights’ hostel (shareddorm), transport from/to Belgrade andfestival entrance tickets.Hardcore festival fans will love the 11-dayversion of this trip, which combines Exitwith 3 days at Sea Dance in Montenegro.You will also spend a night in Sarajevo, tourthe Sarajevo Tunnel, visit Sveti Stefan andwrap things up with a night in Dubrovnik.Departure Dates:08 Jul 2015 - 6 days Fr $83908 Jul 2015 - 11 days Fr $1,579BUFESTIVALS & EVENTSSZIGET festivalNow into its 23rd year, Szigetkeeps on getting bigger andbetter, attracting 400,000 fans(half of whom are from outsideHungary) to an island in themiddle of the Danube. 2014headliners included Calvin Harris,Deadmau5, Bastille, Lily Allen,London Grammar and Queensof the Stone Age, but Szigetisn't just about its music - maketime to discover theatre, dance,cabaret and performance arts.SZIGETFESTIVAL TOURFR$1,73510 DAYSDAY01-0203-0405-0607-10ITINERARYBerlinCheck-in to your hostel and meet your fellow festival-goers in the über-cool German capital. Anorientation tour introduces the Reichstag, Tiergarten Park, Checkpoint Charlie and what's leftof the Berlin Wall. In your free time, get inspired by the city's creative scene, including its streetart and cutting-edge clubs. An optional spy tour might also be on your radar. (B, D)Berlin / Dresden / PragueEnjoy a stop in Dresden, with its beautiful rebuilt opera house, royal residences and riversidebeer gardens, on your way to the Czech capital of Prague. Start with a walking tour to discoverHradcany Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral, then explore the Old Town with its narrow lanes andpavement cafés at your own pace. Take an optional bike ride through the city. (2B, D)Prague / ViennaTravel via the World Heritage-listed town of Kutna Hora towards the imperial grandeur ofAustria's capital, Vienna. Tick off sights like the Schönbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedralbefore cosying up in an elegant café with a slice of strudel or Sachertorte. (2B, D)Vienna / Budapest (Sziget Festival)Cross the border into Hungary and prepare for three amazing days of festival fun at Sziget. Anorientation tour introduces Buda and Pest, the two distinct cities that face each other acrossthe River Danube, and there's time for an optional lunch cruise or a relaxing soak in the historicthermal baths. Otherwise it's all about Sziget, joining 400,000 music fans to enjoy the theatre,circus, performance art and unforgettable live bands under the summer sunshine. (4B)InclusionsAge Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hostel (9 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditionedcoach with power points for charging Meals: 9breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager &Driver Group Size: Max 51 Notes: Includes festivalentrance ticketsDeparture Date:08 Aug 2015COCCSF23


FESTIVALS & EVENTSCRuise to thebeat (croatia)Take one week of sailing in theazure waters of Croatia and addon your choice from six awesomefestivals, including the legendaryHideout and Soundwave. If lifeand holidays get any better thanthis, can somebody please tellus how! Dance the night away totop-name bands and DJs, waketo the sound of lapping wavesand cure hangovers with a swim.CRUISE TO THE BEATSAILING HOLIDAYSIf sailing the Adriatic aboard a classiccruiser wasn't temptation enough, eachweek you'll spend a couple of days ravingto top-class music and DJs at a legendaryfestival. Each trip includes 7 nights standardtwin cabin (shared facilities), 7 breakfasts,7 lunches, orientation walks, festival tickets,plus a captain, crew and English-speakingguide. Port taxes of EUR €20 is payablelocally on Day 1 of all trips.BUHIDEOUT(SPLIT-ZADAR)STUDENTS FR $1,495FR$1,5258 DAYSGARDEN FESTIVAL(ZADAR-ZADAR)STUDENTS FR $1,495FR$1,5258 DAYSELECTRIC ELEPHANT(ZADAR-ZADAR)STUDENTS FR $1,495FR$1,5258 DAYSBased on Zrce Beach, Hideout is one of theworld's best electronic and house festivals,with the likes of Disclosure and Rudimentalplaying its three poolside venues in 2014.Sailing round the Kornati Islands and KrkaWaterfalls provide the perfect complement.Departure Date:27 Jun 2015One of Croatia's best-loved EDM festivals,the Garden Festival hosts DJs and bands inan atmosphere that can only be describedas euphoric. As you cruise the DalmatianCoast, you'll also discover the 140 desertedislands of Kornati N.P. - who's for a dip?Departure Date:04 Jul 2015Party the nights away courtesy of top DJssuch as Tom Findlay from Groove Armada(in 2014) spinning a mix of genres such asjazz, soul, house, electro and techno. Awayfrom the festival, sail to secluded bayswhere you can recharge and recover.Departure Date:11 Jul 2015SUNCEBEAT(ZADAR-ZADAR)STUDENTS FR $1,495FR$1,5258 DAYSSTOP MAKING SENSE(ZADAR-ZADAR)STUDENTS FR $1,495FR$1,5258 DAYSSOUNDWAVE(ZADAR-SPLIT)STUDENTS FR $1,495FR$1,5258 DAYSBeachside parties, outdoor nightclubsand warm summer vibes are on offer atSuncebeat. It's your chance to combine themasters of deep house, soul, disco andfunk with a relaxing sailing trip swimmingin secluded bays and under waterfalls.Departure Date:25 Jul 2015Attracting international talent from thedance music world, SMS is fast becomingan icon of Croatia's festival calendar. Dancein the sunshine (and under the stars) atthis refreshingly unpretentious festival thatcombines hedonism with summer vibes.Departure Date:01 Aug 2015Leaving from Zadar, cruise via the KornatiIslands to the party island of Pag beforeimmersing yourself in two days of cuttingedgeelectronica DJs and live bands. Withjazz, reggae, house & hip hop, Soundwaveis one of Croatia's most eclectic festivals.Departure Date:08 Aug 201524VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


ULTRA europeLasers, lights, balmy Croatianglowstick nights and the world’sgreatest DJs conducting a crowdof scantily-clad neon ravers – thisis Europe’s most electric dancefestival. The younger siblingto Miami’s pioneering Ultrabash, sun-soaked Split officiallyspins the decks for three days.However, hardcore hedonists gearup on yachts for days beforehandand wind down with legendaryafter parties on the beaches ofCroatia’s paradise islands. Pastacts included David Guetta, Tiesto,Disclosure and Paul Van Dyke.ULTRA EUROPE20156 DAYSThis is the ultimate Ultra package. Stay for5 nights at the festival’s best site, campingnext to the ocean for morning dips andbarefoot sunset beach parties. A welcomeBBQ, tent hire, shuttles to the festival, your3 day festival ticket, a Split city tour and aninsane boat party are also included.Departure Date:8 Jul 2015 - 6 daysFR$616SPUULTFESTIVALS & EVENTSBENICASSIMBordering somewhere betweenenergetic and completely mental,Spain’s biggest music festivalis pure class. Over four days,the music starts at 5pm andfinishes at 7am, and every dayyou can chill and recover on thebeach under the guaranteedValenican sunshine, beforebeing entertained by some ofthe hottest acts in music. 2014headliners included Kasabian,Tinie Tempah and Ellie Goulding.BENICASSIMFESTIVAL (CAMPING)5 DAYSFour days of world-class music, orientationwalk in Benicassim, afternoon beachsession and an awesome party night - allsorted by your ‘up for it’ festival crew!Includes 4 nights’ tent accommodation(twin-share, bring your own sleeping bag),breakfast and festival entrance ticket.Departure Date:Jul 2015 (dates to be confirmed)FR$419BUbilbao BBK LIVEEpic mountain acoustics, a line upof legendary hair-whipping guitarsolos and three days of hilltoprevelry in the heart of Spain’sBasque Country – this was nevergoing to be your average gig.From small beginnings, BBK hasbeen solidly built on rock - withpast head-bangers including TheCure, Guns n’ Roses, REM andthe Prodigy. Expect a laid backSpanish crowd, that come downlater on Bilbao’s lush beaches.BILBAO BBK LIVE2015FR$6092 DAYSSo, this couldn’t be easier. Your festivalticket, transfers to the site, hot breakfastsand BBQ dinners are all included. Plus, yourtwin-share tent, mat and sleeping bag arealready set up when you arrive - oh hellopart-time camper! Ask us about riding toBilbao as a group or make your own way.Departure Date:09 Jul 2015BIOBBK25


FESTIVALS & EVENTSibizaAn endless summer of beachfrontBalearic beats, hands-in-theairhedonism and the planet’ssuperstar DJs spinning therich, beautiful and adoring intoecstatic oblivion - nowhere inthe world rocks like Ibiza. TheShangri-La of house music,this sleep-deprived paradise issunwashed with pioneering superclubs, iconic sunsets dancingbarefoot and boho in the sands,and wild poolsides. Amnesia,Pacha, Space, Ushuaia... whetheryou’re a hardcore weekender orIbiza seasonair, everyone leavesthis legendary isle an addict.IBIZA WEEKENDERPARTY PARADISE3 DAYSFly to Ibiza or take the group ferry fromBarcelona (not included), and check into theall-inclusive resort. If you ever make it tobed, it’ll be in 3-4 bed bungalows. Althoughwith an 11am-11pm open bar, nightly poolparties, discounted club entry and fellowscantily-clad ravers - we’re not hopeful!Departure Dates:Every Friday 01Jun-30Sep 2015FR$331IBZWPPla tomatinaTake one small Spanish town,add truckloads of ripe tomatoesand ask 20,000 revellers tothrow them at each other for asolid hour. How is this sensiblebehaviour from grown adults?And more importantly, who careswhen it’s this much fun!You can make your own way toValencia or build it into yourhop-on hop-off coach trip withBusabout (see pages 38-42).LA TOMATINA(CAMPING)FR FR$389 LA TOMATINA$6093 DAYS (HOSTEL)4 DAYSLA TOMATINA(HOTEL)FR$5393 DAYSGet the lowdown on the Tomatina Festivalbefore joining in the crazy food fight fun.Chill at the beach or pool, and enjoy partiesat the campsite and in great local bars.Includes 2 nights’ tent accommodation(twin-share, bring your own sleeping bag),breakfast and transfers to/from Buñol.Departure Date:25 Aug 2015BUEnjoy a guided walk of Valencia, all the funof the world’s most famous tomato fight, achilled-out afternoon session at the beachand a post-Tomatina big night out. There’salso an optional day trip to Peñiscola.Includes 3 nights’ hostel (multi-share),breakfasts and transfers to/from Buñol.Departure Date:24 Aug 2015BUTake an orientation tour of Valencia andmeet your fellow revellers at the welcomeparty. After acting like naughty childrenthrowing tomatoes at random strangers,clean yourself up and enjoy a post-festivalparty. Includes 2 nights’ hotel (multi-share),breakfasts and transfers to/from Buñol.Departure Date:25 Aug 2015BU26VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


FESTIVALS & EVENTSup helly aaNever ones to let a cold winterget in the way of a hot party,the hardy Shetland Islandersin the far north of Scotlandgo more than a little crazy onthe last Tuesday in January.This spectacular celebration ofthe islands’ heritage involveshorny-helmeted Vikings paradingthe streets of Lerwick, lit byflaming torches, and culminatesin the burning of a replica Norselongship and an all-night party.UP HELLY AAVIKING FIRE FESTIVAL5 DAYSTravel from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, thenby overnight ferry to the remote ShetlandIslands, to witness the breathtaking VikingFire Festival and to party ‘til dawn with thelocals. The scenery’s pretty breathtakingtoo! Includes ferries (quad berth), touringactivities and 2 nights’ hostel (mixed dorm).Departure Dates:25 Jan 201524 Jan 2016FR$1,159BUst. patrick’s dayThe country that taught theworld how to party really showsus how it’s done with a hugestreet parade and festival forSt. Patrick’s Day. It is, frankly,collective madness! This isDublin’s moment in the spotlight,when the welcome’s as warm asthe Guinness is chilled. Enjoy livemusic and dancing, soak up thebuzzing atmosphere and showoff your best green outfits asyou celebrate all things Irish.ST PATRICK’S DAYDUBLIN4 DAYSExperience the real deal with this fantastictrip to Dublin. Hit the pubs of Temple Bar,take a walking tour and visit the GuinnessStorehouse before soaking up the festivalatmosphere, the music and ‘craic’. Includes3 nights’ hostel (mixed dorm), breakfastand return coach/ferry from London.Departure Date:15 Mar 2015FR$629BUking’s dayEverybody knows the Dutch loveto party, but seriously guys, wethink you’re taking things a bitfar with this one! The whole ofAmsterdam comes alive eachApril to celebrate King Willem-Alexander and all that’s greatabout Holland. Up to a millionpeople flock to the city to hangwith the locals in what is fastbecoming one of the world’sbiggest street parties. It’sendless fun and you don’t needto spend ages on your outfit- just wear the Dutch nationalcolour, orange. You’ll be fine.KING’S DAYAMSTERDAMFR$6294 DAYSStart with a welcome drink & dinner beforehitting the nightlife of the ‘Dam. Work offyour hangover with a countryside bike tourand get ready to celebrate all day and nightat the mother of all street parties! Includes3 nights’ hostel (multi-share), breakfastand return coach/ferry from London.Departure Date:25 Apr 2015 BU28VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


easterEaster is a time for feasts, fun andeating far too many chocolate eggs(assuming, of course, you can findwhere the Easter Bunny hid them).Make the most of the long holidayweekend with a rocking party tripto either Paris or Amsterdam. Theyare two of Europe’s most beautifulcities, but there’s no better timeto be here than spring, when youcan also celebrate the return ofsome much-needed sunshine intoyour life. Both trips are packed withawesome sightseeing inclusions(and optional extras), and when thesun goes down, some seriously funevents will get the party started.EASTER INPARIS4 DAYSThis action-packed weekend kicks off witha welcome dinner, party and ‘Paris by Night’tour. See the sights by bike and by boat,and head out to the Palace of Versailles fora picnic in its beautiful gardens. Includes 3nights’ hostel (multi-share), breakfast andreturn coach/ferry from London.Departure Date:03 Apr 2015FR$709BUEASTER INAMSTERDAM4 DAYSAfter a welcome dinner, enjoy a nighttimetour of the Red Light District and hit thethumping pubs and clubs. Tiptoe throughthe (six million) tulips at Keukenhof andcycle past windmills to visit a cheese farmin Edam. Includes 3 nights’ hotel, breakfastand return coach/ferry from London.Departure Date:03 Apr 2015FR$475COCCTEFESTIVALS & EVENTSanzac DAYOne of WWI's bloodiest and mostnotorious battles was fought onehundred years ago at Gallipoli inTurkey. As the dawn broke on the25th April 1915, thousands ofANZAC soldiers from Australia &New Zealand went ashore, climbedthe cliffs, and were met with fierceresistance. It's time to pay yourrespects to where those heroes fell.NOTE: Centenary commemorationswill be busier than usual in 2015.We can only accept bookings fromanyone who has been awarded theright to attend in the ballot held bythe Australian & NZ governments.ANZACCLASSIC4 DAYSMeet your group in Istanbul and travel toGallipoli to sleep under the stars (like thetroops did). Walk in the soldiers’ footstepsto take part in the Dawn Service and payyour respects at the memorials. Includes 2nights’ hotel, 1 night camping, transport bycoach and guided sightseeing in Istanbul.Departure Date:23 Apr 2015FR$615ANZACODYSSEY5 DAYSThis trip gives you everything you’d get onthe ANZAC Classic, including visits to LonePine Cemetery, ANZAC Cove and, of course,the commemerative services. With an extranight in Istanbul, you’ll explore more of thecity plus enjoy an (optional) farewell dinner.Includes 3 nights’ hotel, 1 night camping.Departure Date:23 Apr 2015FR$705COBBACCOBBAOeasternfestive trekThis legendary and much-lovedtrip through Poland, Hungary,Austria and the Czech Republicis for travellers looking forproper Christmas & New Yearcelebrations combined withunique cultural experiences. Wecan pretty much guarantee a‘White Christmas’, indeed you’lleven go skiing on Christmas Day!EASTERNFESTIVE TREKSTUDENTS FR $1,469FR$1,52911 DAYSKrakow, Auschwitz, a ‘White Christmas’ inthe ski resorts of Poland, mulled wine andtraditional dinner, ice skating in Budapest,schnapps and schnitzel in Vienna and abig New Year’s Eve party in Prague. Sorted!Includes 8 nights’ hostel & 2 nights’ hotel.Departure Dates:22 Dec 201422 Dec 2015BU29


SPACESHIPS CAMPERVANSON THE ROADthe ‘swiss army knife’ of campersFrom historic castles to goldenbeaches, the UK and Europe makeperfect road trip territory, and acampervan gives you the freedomto set your own itinerary andpull over whenever you choose.Spaceships campervans providecustom-designed, award-winningvehicles that are compact insize, easy to drive and fuelefficient.Commonly known as the‘Swiss Army Knife’ of campers,Spaceships are the perfect partnerfor your UK/European adventure.VEHICLE TYPESALPHA 2-BERTH The original Spaceship!• Belted seating for four people• Large double bed (two sleeping options)• Dual battery system• In-built DVD player & iPod cordFR$40 PER DAYWhether you want to take a road trip with your mates, camp in the mountains or headto a music festival (and please don’t forget to ask about our special campervan festivaldeals!), Spaceships are your ideal travelling companion. Pick up your Spaceship from oneof five depots in England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain and Italy, and then you’re free to travelin any European Union country, plus Norway, Croatia and Switzerland. You’ll enjoy on-theroadsupport from a network of ‘Space Mates’ locations, where you can meet a friendlyface for travel/campground advice, discounts and insider info on all the secret spots. Yourtransport is also your accommodation and your kitchen, so you can make major savings!Included free with all hires:• Unlimited mileage• 24-hour roadside support• No charges for extra drivers• UK & European insurance• Fridge/chiller water supply• Cooker and cooking equipment• Full-size double bed and bedding• Maps and camping info• CD/Radio & MP3/iPod connectivityALL Inclusive Pack$30 PER DAYSpaceships offer an all inclusive insuranceoption for total peace of mind. This reducesthe insurance excess to zero and includesthose items not covered by standard insurance(such as windscreen and tyres). The all inclusivepack also comes with a free camping table andchairs for your hire!*Please note there is a minimum hire age of 21 for allSpaceships CampervansV.W CAMPER CAR 2-berth The most fuel-efficient camper available forhire in Europe.• Extra-large double bed• Belted seating for two people• Large side awning, chiller• 1.6 litre diesel engineFR$50 PER DAYBETA 2-BERTHA newer model with lower mileage, betterfuel economy and improved features:• Bigger DVD screen• Fridge & dual burner cooker• Large side and improved rear awnings• Longer-lasting battery lifeFR$60 PER DAYDublinEdinburghLondonBarcelonaSpaceships DepotsSpace Mates LocationsOne-way hires are availablebetween all five depots.RomeBEST OF THE BRITISH ISLESLondon-London (2,415 kms / 1,500 miles)Loop your way through England, Scotland,Ireland (north and south) and Wales on thiscomprehensive road trip. Contrast historicEdinburgh with lively Glasgow, enjoy the craicin Belfast and Dublin, and step back in time inBath and Stonehenge.OVER THE ALPSLondon-London (3,250 kms / 2,010 miles)Travel by ferry/tunnel to the Continent tovisit the historic cities of Bruges, Cologne andMunich. Cross the Austrian Alps to Milan andItaly’s beautiful lakes region, before tacklingthose high mountain passes in Switzerland onyour way to Paris.MEDITERRANEAN SHORESBarcelona-Rome (1,460 kms / 910 miles)Head north through Catalonia to the lavenderscentedfields of Provence and the glamorousbeaches of the Côte d’Azur. Cross into Italyto explore the Cinque Terre, Florence and thehilltop towns and vineyards of Tuscany, enroute to Rome.32VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


EUROSTARLONDON TO PARIS ONE-WAY FR $80LONDON TO BRUSSELS ONE-WAY FR $80eurostar? no, you’re a star!Operating a smooth travellingexperience, with connections toover 100 destinations acrossthe continent, Eurostar’s everexpandinghigh-speed networkmeans train journeys are nowfaster and easier than ever. What’smore, take comfort in knowingthat you’re treading lightly onthe environment, with journeysemitting a tenth of the CO 2 of anequivalent flight. Fast check-in andpunctual trains mean you’ll arriverelaxed and on time.Change in Lille, paris or brusselsLille offers high-speed connections todestinations like Dijon or Lyon, Avignon orMarseille. From Paris, high-speed serviceslink you to the likes of Reims, Tours andStrasbourg. For a small supplement youcan travel beyond Brussels to any regionalstation in Belgium or connect through toAmsterdam and stations in Germany.BrestEurostar RoutePoint-to-PointBremen HamburgBerlinAmsterdamHannoverRotterdamEssenAntwerp LeipzigLondonCologneBrusselsDresdenLilleFrankfurtLiegeRouenNurembergLuxembourgLe HavreMannheimStuttgartParis Disneyland StrasbourgLe Mans (Marne-la-Vallée)MunichRennesViennaZurichSalzburgNantesDijon BaselBernInnsbruckToursGrazBordeauxLyonClemont-FerrandHigh Speed JourneysWhichever departure point you choose totravel from, you’ll travel on the UK’s firstand only High Speed Line HS1, meaningyou’ll experience speeds of up to 186mph,shaving 20 minutes from the journey.Trains from London to Paris now take aslittle as 2 hours 15 minutes and London toBrussels just over 2 hours.GenevaMontpellierToulouseBiarritzMarseilleTurinNiceVeronaMilanVeniceBolognaGenoaFlorenceRomeeuropean point-to-pointNaplesBariWant to travel on a rail journey which isn’tcovered on the Eurostar extended Palermo network?Don’t worry, we now sell rail tickets all overCataniathe world! Sit back, relax and watch the viewswhizz by with a cross-Germany journey fromMunich to Berlin or journey down from Milanto Naples for the true taste of Italy. Ask yourTravel Expert today for more details.ON THE ROADBRITRAILWith 18,500 trains serving around 2,400 stations each day, BritRail is the easy way totravel around Great Britain. With a wide range of passes and the flexibility to hop on and offwhenever you want, you’ll be sipping pints and scoffing fish and chips in no time!BritRail Flexi PassThe BritRail Flexi Pass offers between threeand 15 days of unlimited travel within twomonths anywhere in England, Scotland andWales. Roll around Great Britain on yourterms, without breaking the bank. Youthprices apply if under 26 years old.BritRail Consecutive PassThe BritRail Consecutive Pass allowsunlimited travel throughout England,Scotland and Wales, for anything fromthree days up to a month of consecutive,day-after-day travel. Go where you want,when you want and really see the best thatGreat Britain has to offer. Youth pricesapply if under 26 years old.England Flexi PassAllows three, four, eight or 15 days offlexible (non-consecutive) travel within atwo-month period throughout England.England Consecutive PassGives you the complete flexibility of unlimitedtrain travel throughout England for three,four, eight, 15 or 22 days or one month.OTHER PassESPlease note these are simply a few of ourpopular passes, speak to your STA TravelExpert for full list and details.OUR MOST POPULAR PASSESBRITRAIL FLEXI PASSBRITRAIL CONSECUTIVE PASSENGLAND FLEXI PASSENGLAND CONSECUTIVE PASSAdult1stclassAdult2nd.classYouth2ndclass3 days travel in 2 months $617 $423 $3398 days travel in 2 months $1,121 $750 $60415 days travel in 2 months $1,675 $1,128 $906Adult1stclassAdult2nd.classYouth2ndclass3 consecutive days $491 $334 $2718 consecutive days $876 $586 $47315 consecutive days $1,310 $876 $705Adult1stclassAdult2nd.classYouth2ndclass3 days travel in 2 months $498 $339 $2718 days travel in 2 months $894 $604 $48615 days travel in 2 months $1,347 $906 $725Adult1stclassAdult2nd.classYouth2ndclass3 consecutive days $397 $271 $2138 consecutive days $700 $473 $37715 consecutive days $1,053 $700 $56633


32 TV-MÉDIASBAD BUZZCuisinelladémonte sa pubLa marque de cuisines équipées a suscitédes milliers de commentaires négatifshier à la suite d’une pub mise enligne sur YouTube. Des passants yétaient enfermés de force dans un cercueilpar des ambulanciers, après unfaux tir de sniper. La vidéo montrait lesvictimes du canular pleurant dans lenoir avant d’être libérés dans une cuisineéquipée en promotion. Devant le« bad buzz », la marque a choisi hiersoir de retirer la vidéo et a expliqué àpuremedias.com qu’elle n’était pas« destinée à choquer ». W B. C.ALICE COFFINQuelles sont les grandes tendancesde la télé dans lemonde ? Hier matin, l’étudeNota d’Eurodata TV et Imca donnaitquelques pistes de réponse. Si « la déferlante“The Voice” continue », expliqueJulie Espérance, consultantechez Eurodata, qui précise que l’adaptationégyptienne a réalisé lesmeilleures audiences pour un lancementcette saison, les gros succès proviennentd’abord de la télé solidaire.JEUDI 13 DÉCEMBRE 2012SUCCÈS D’AUDIENCE Les programmes qui marchent dans le mondeSOLIDARITÉ DANS L’HORREURLE CHIFFRE650 000LA SOMME EN EUROSQUE CHRISTINE OCKRENTNE TOUCHERA PAS.L’EX-DIRECTRICE DE L’AEFA ÉTÉ DÉBOUTÉE DE SADEMANDE D’INDEMNITÉS.20secondesHABEMUS TWITTAM*La nouvelle parole papale@pontifex, le compte de Benoît XVIa émis son premier tweet hier :« Cher amis, je suis heureux d’êtreen contact avec vous par Twitter.Merci pour votre accueil chaleureux.Je vous bénis du fond du cœur. »* Nous avons un tweet.NEC MERGITUR*Mougeotte de retourL’ex-dirigeant de TF1 et du groupeLe Figaro rebondit, à 72 ans,à Radio Classique où il seradirecteur général et de l’antenne.*L’insubmersible (qui ne coule pas).NIHIL NOVI SUB SOLE*« Nouvelle Star » immortelleLe retour du télécrochetsur D8 a attiré près de 1,5 millionde téléspectateurs (5,7 % de partd’audience) et a été le programmele plus tweeté mardi avec 34 141commentaires, selon Mésagraph,en exclusivité pour 20 Minutes.* Rien de nouveau sous le soleil.CHESNOT/SIPAPour la bonne cause« La crise est partout, note Valentin Tual,consultant chez Imca, mais la télé a décidéde proposer des programmes quimettent en avant l’entraide. » Cela pourraitun jour, en France, provoquer lanaissance d’une émission où Ruquier,Davant et les animateurs de France 2 nese contentent plus, comme ils en ontl’habitude, de jouer ensemble une piècede théâtre, mais décident de gérer unhôtel. C’est le cas des stars de la chaîneanglaise Channel 4 aux manettesd’« Hotel 4 ». Gordon Ramsay et ses collèguess’y occupent d’un établissementdont les recettes sont reversées à desassociations. La tendance est mondiale.« Mais en Asie, note Valentin Tual, elleprend plus une forme compétitive. »Exemple, « Japan Salesman » qui incitedes personnalités à vendre le plus deproduits possible, pour une bonne cause.Des fictions apocalyptiquesL’étude Nota place également uneémission comme « Tourette : Let MeEntertain You » au rayon de la TV soldaire.En France, les victimes du syndromede la Tourette ont fait les beauxRémy Pflimlin, PDG du groupe.L. DANIEL/SKY ATLANTICChloë Sevigny, tueuse à gages transsexuelle dans « Hit and Miss ».Elle évoquait hier sur RTL « l’éventualitéd’une suppression » de « C’est passorcier ». Sauf que France 3 avaitconfirmé lundi que le magazine scientifiqueresterait à l’antenne en 2013. Pasbien grave. Mais Aurélie Filippetti a surtoutsurpris en exigeant que « FranceTélévisons nous présente un plan stratégique,avec des missions de servicepublic ». La ministre de la Culture et dela Communication a ainsi tancé « la directionde France Télévisions qui ne peutpas toujours se retrancher derrière lesdifficultés budgétaires ». La CGT dejours de « Ça se discute » ou d’autresémissions. BBC3 organise, elle, un télécrochetdont les candidats sont atteintsdu syndrome. « Une émission bienveillanteoù on dépasse le handicapphysique, explique Julie Espérance.Cela permet de mettre en avant cespersonnes la plupart du temps dansl’ombre. » Ou de s’offrir une audienceen toute bonne conscience.Autre recette : l’horreur. Surtout enfiction. « En fait, note Pascal Josèphe,d’Imca, on retrouve les deux jambessur lesquelles marche la télé. D’abordaccompagner les gens avec cette « feelgood télé », solidaire, qui répond à lacrise. Et puis, une fonction cathartique,pour montrer aux gens que cela pourraitêtre pire, notamment en fiction. »Outre de nombreux programmes « findu monde » orientés vers l’Apocalypse,les séries adoptent les anti-héros.« Aux USA, avant c’était réservé auxchaînes câblées qui programmaientdes « Dexter » ou des « WalkingDead », désormais tout le monde s’ymet. » En Turquie, « Subat » est cettesérie dont un jeune homme vivant dansles souterrains d’Istanbul est le héros.En Colombie, Pablo Escobar est lehéros d’une fiction qui a atteint les 70 %de part d’audience lors de sa premièrediffusion. Et en Grande-Bretagne, l’actriceChloë Sevigny joue les transsexuellestueuses à gages dans « Hitand Miss ». WFRANCE TÉLÉVISIONSRémy Pflimlin tancé par la ministreFrance Télévisions, qui a fait partie desquatre organisations syndicales deFrance Télé à déposer un préavis degrève pour le 18 décembre, a dénoncé« les propos stupéfiants » de la ministre,déplorant le budget à la baisse dugroupe de 5,1 % en 2013 par rapport à2012. Visé, Rémy Pflimlin, le PDG dugroupe, ne n’est pas exprimé. Hier, toujourssur RTL, Hervé Bourges, anciendirigeant de l’audiovisuel public lançait :« Rémy Pflimlin est un honnête hommemais qui se trouve à la tête d’un chevalemballé… » WJOËL MÉTREAU


BergenOsloStockholmTurkuHelsinkiGothenburgWestportPortoCorkVigoLisbonBelfastDublinSevillaBrestValladolidBiarritzBilbaoMadridToledoCordobaCadiz MalagaBremen HamburgPoznan WarsawBerlinAmsterdamHannoverRotterdamLeipzigAntwerpEssenWroclawBrussels CologneDresdenKatowiceLilleFrankfurtLiegeLe HavrePragueKrakowMannheim NurembergRouenOstravaStuttgartBrnoStrasbourgLe MansMunichBratislavaRennesDijonViennaSalzburgBudapestNantesBasel ZurichBern InnsbruckToursGrazZaragozaBordeauxHuescaParisToulouseValenciaAlicanteLyonClemont-FerrandMontpellierBarcelonaMarseilleGenevaTurinNiceAarhusMilanGenoaMalmöVeronaVeniceCopenhagenBolognaFlorenceRomeNaplesPalermoCataniaGdanskZagrebLjubljanaSplitSarajevoBariBarBelgradeSkopjeBucharestSofiaIstanbulThessalonikiAthinaiPiraeusRhodesHeraklionON THE ROADTOPGREAT REASONS TO EXPLORE EUROPE BY TRAINFLEXIBILITYWhy tie yourself down with restrictive flight or busschedules? With Eurail, you can travel when and where youwant. Venice or Rome? Just flip a coin and away you go!ECO-FRIENDLYTravelling by train is a great way to reduce your carbonfootprint – so you can do your little bit to combat climatechange. Petrol/gas in Europe is also quite expensive, so trainsare also easier on your wallet.LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATIONTrain stations are in city centres, airports are not. In fact,taxis from out-of-the-way airports often cost more thanplane tickets. Go train!YOU ACTUALLY SEE EUROPEIt’s amazing how travelling by train and watching theEuropean countryside roll by is like a real life geographylesson. Sit back, relax and soak up the viewing pleasure ofthis gorgeous continent.THE ONLY WAY TO TRAVELTraffic jams, airport-style security – who needs them? WithEurail, travel the easy way from city centre to city centre andarrive within walking distance of hotels and attractions.IS IT A TRAIN? IS IT A BIRD?Many of Europe’s trains are marvels of futuristic engineering,with high-speed services such as France’s TGV and Germany’sICE slashing journey times between major cities.TAKE TO THE WATERMany Eurail passes include free (or discounted) ferry travel,so you can mix things up a bit with a relaxing mini-cruiseacross the Baltic or the Mediterranean.I’M LATE, I’M LATE!Miss a no-frills flight and you’re up the River Seine withouta paddle. Miss a train and you can hop on the next one. Tooeasy!DON’T STRUGGLE WITH BAGGAGE ALLOWANCESTrains allow you to bring as much luggage as you want,whereas budget airlines often have hefty fees for bags notmuch bigger than backpacks.THERE’S A EURAIL PASS FOR EVERYONEWhether you want to travel on flexible days or continuousdays, within a few select countries or only one – you’ll find aEurail pass that fits your needs and budget.35


UK & EUROPEAN COACH TRAVELON THE ROADnational express & eurolinesNational Express is the UK’slargest scheduled coach operator,connecting you to hundreds oftowns and cities, to and fromall major airports, and pluggingyou into essential music festivalssuch as Glastonbury. Travel inair-conditioned comfort and styleto more than 1,000 destinationsdaily right across the UK, orhead over to the continent withtheir sister company, Eurolines,your ticket to unlimited travelthroughout Europe.UKCOACH TICKETSNational Express can take you almost anywhere in the UK, from the bright lights of Londonto the farthest reaches of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. You can’t beat the coach forcost-effective airport transfers or for the most convenient way of travelling directly to majorsporting events and music festivals. You’ll enjoy a fleet of modern coaches equipped with allthe little extras you need such as air conditioning, reclining seats, power sockets on mostcoaches and toilets onboard. We can book any route in the UK, some of our most popularare shown opposite. Fares are correct at time of going to print and subject to change.London – Heathrow AirportFr $12 one-wayLondon – Gatwick Airport Fr $20 one-wayLondon – Brighton Fr $10 one-wayLondon – Bath Fr $20 one-wayLondon – Manchester Fr $24 one-wayManchester – Liverpool Fr $14 one-wayLondon – Edinburgh Fr $54 one-wayEUROPEANCOACH TICKETSLinking more than 600 cities in 29 countries right across Europe, you’d be hard-pressedto think of anywhere you can’t travel to with Eurolines – and if you could, well, it probablywouldn’t be worth visiting anyway! Comfortable, modern and well-equipped coaches comewith onboard toilets, reclining seats and air conditioning (and some also have Wi-Fi), plusyou can take two pieces of medium-sized luggage with you at no extra cost. Sample fareson some of our most popular journeys are shown opposite. Fares are correct at time ofgoing to print and subject to change.London – ParisFr $38 one-wayLondon – Amsterdam Fr $36 one-wayLondon – Dublin Fr $78 one-wayParis – Barcelona Fr $46 one-wayBerlin – Prague Fr $14 one-wayVienna – Budapest Fr $14 one-wayTALE OFTWO CITIESLondon + Paris / Brussels / AmsterdamHighlights• Explore one of Europe’s iconic citybreak destinations using our special, discounted fares• Comfortable coach travel from London to Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam (returning to London)• Benefit from convenient pick-up points, and take two pieces of luggage for freeLooking for a quick and easy way to hop over to the citybreak hotspots of Paris, Brusselsor Amsterdam? There are up to three daily daytime services to Amsterdam (9 hrs 30mins), four to Brussels (7 hrs 15 mins) and five to Paris (7 hrs 30 mins). All three citiesare also served by two daily overnight departures which is a great way to cut down onyour accommodation costs. Leaving from London’s Victoria coach station, you’ll arrivedirectly into the centre of your chosen city with no hassles, ready to hit the sights! Askyour Travel Expert for more details and to put together an exciting citybreak or twincentreincluding your choice of hotel or hostel, the must-do sightseeing adventures andyour specially-discounted coach transfers from London.36VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


EUROLINES PASS & EUROLINES CARNETSee more of Europe for less with a EurolinesPass or a Eurolines ‘Carnet’ Pass, your idealpartners for flexible travel. The EurolinesPass allows you to travel as much or as littleas you want over 15 or 30 consecutive days,whereas the brand-new Eurolines ‘Carnet’(look at us, showing off our French!) offers7, 10 or 15 individual journeys within a twomonthperiod. The ‘Carnet’ is also exclusivelyaimed at youth travellers aged 25 and under,while the Eurolines Pass is open to bothyouth and adult travellers.On both of the passes, you can choosefrom more than 50 cities, and as long aseach journey takes you from one country toanother*, without repeating the same route,there’s no limit to how many cities you canvisit. You can choose to pre-book your firstjourney and then plan your route as you traveleither by making reservation requests onlineor at a Eurolines shop in the city where you’restaying.ON THE ROAD* Internal journeys between Madrid-Barcelona & London-Edinburgh also permitted.eurolines pass15 DAYS ADULT YOUTH**Low (05 Jan-27 Mar, 09 Nov-03 Dec) $355 $308Mid (28 Mar-18 Jun, 31 Aug-08 Nov) $419 $355High (01-04 Jan, 19 Jun-30 Aug, 04-31 Dec) $592 $49730 DAYS ADULT YOUTH**Low (05 Jan-27 Mar, 09 Nov-03 Dec) $537 $419Mid (28 Mar-18 Jun, 31 Aug-08 Nov) $568 $466High (01-04 Jan, 19 Jun-30 Aug, 04-31 Dec) $773 $639Fares correct at time of going to print, and subject to change. Further terms and conditionscan be found at www.eurolines-pass.eu/en/useful-info/terms **Youth Pass (under 26 years)eurolines carnet7 JOURNEYS YOUTH**Low (01Jan-30Jun & 01Sep-31Dec) $299High (01Jul-31Aug) $33010 JOURNEYS YOUTH**Low (01Jan-30Jun & 01Sep-31Dec) $393High (01Jul-31Aug) $44115 JOURNEYS YOUTH**Low (01Jan-30Jun & 01Sep-31Dec) $513High (01Jul-31Aug) $567SUGGESTED ITINERARY:GREAT CAPITALS OF EUROPEFR$829London Paris Brussels Amsterdam Berlin Prague Vienna Budapest 15 DAYSHighlights• Get lost between the canals in Amsterdam and enjoy the buzzing nightlife in Berlin• See the iconic sights in the ‘city of love’ and wander Prague’s cobble-stoned streets• Learn about Vienna’s imperial history then explore the hills of Buda and the plains of PestVltava River, PragueInclusionsAccommodation: Hostels, shared dorms (14 nts),Transport: Eurolines coach Notes: Includes 7 JourneyEurolines Carnet Pass (higher prices apply for travellersaged 26 and over), Dark Heart of Paris tour, Berlin Nightlifetour, Prague Grand City TourGet your head spinning as you explore the world-famous sights of London then graba beer in one of the charming pubs punctuating the Thames riverside. Next day catcha bus to the glamorous city of Paris and get seduced by its arty streets, world-classmuseums and charming cafés. Explore the city’s streets by night on an included DarkHeart of Paris walking tour. Continue to Brussels for some fine food and Art Nouveauarchitecture before exploring the maze of canals in Amsterdam. Next up is Berlin andits impressive club scene. Party like a local with an included Berlin Nightlife tour. Jumpon a bus to historic Prague and explore its gems on an included Grand City Tour. Spendthe next two days meandering Vienna’s sights and beautiful Baroque architecture thenfall in love with the twin cities of Buda and Pest.37


HOP-ON HOP-OFF WITH BUSABOUTON THE ROADguided hop-on hop-offWant to explore, discover newthings, meet new people and havean awesome time doing it? Havethe freedom and independenceto make your own decisions,travel on your own terms andmake heaps of new mates withBusabout’s extensive hop-on,hop-off network. Covering ninecountries, with loads of stops ineach, plus the flexibility to stayas long as you like in each placebefore deciding to move on, youjust know it makes sense!Why Hop-on Hop-off?EUROPE... SORTED!An extensive travel network that lets you explore9 countries and 34 destinations in Europe.CONVENIENTDoor-to-door pick-ups and drop-offs at themost popular hostels chosen for their friendlystaff, great facilities and handy central locations.FREQUENTBuses run every other day to and from everydestination on the network. Spend 2, 4, 6 ormore nights in each place before hopping on thenext bus!FLEXIBLEYou decide where you go and how long you stayfor. Change your plans as often as you like forfree and get it all sorted using the online tools.SOCIABLETravel with like-minded backpackers andindependent travellers and make heaps of newfriends along the way.AFFORDABLEStay where you like and control your own budget.Perfect for the independent traveller, part of the beauty of Busabout is that they canarrange pretty much everything you need for a great holiday - from great places to stayto fun local activities - as well as linking you up with awesome festivals and other tours:GREAT SLEEPSBudget EUR €15-30 per night for a dorm bed, treat yourselfwith an upgrade to a private room, or pre-book hotels andhostels before you go using Busabout’s convenient andeasy-to-use online travel planning tool, ‘MyTrip’. Book theBusabout ‘pick-up point’ recommended accommodation ifyou’d like a door-to-door service!EXPLORE MOREMake the most of your time with a hand-picked selectionof local activities such as bike tours in Amsterdam, cookinglessons or flamenco shows in Spain, horse riding in Tuscanyand pub crawls in Prague. Not only are they great value formoney, they’re also the best way to maximise your time.FESTIVALS & TOURINGBusabout’s coach network is designed to link with legendaryfestivals like Oktoberfest (Munich) and La Tomatina (Valencia).From Madrid, Rome or Prague, you can also join one of theregional tours shown on pages 105-110, allowing you toexplore Spain or Italy, or head down to Croatia and Istanbul.GETTING STARTEDstep 1: How Busabout works• City centre to city centre coach service withdepartures from each stop every second day.• Start and finish your trip wherever you like, orwithin the context of your chosen itinerary.• Compulsory stops are white (minimum one nightstay); optional stops are black - you can eitherstay on the coach or break-up your journey.step 2: do some research• Grab a pen and circle all the places you want tosee on the map; ask other travellers for advice• Take a look at the timetable on page 42 for allthe dates and times to plan your route.• Plan your budget! Go with the Busabout flowfor accommodation and activities or pre-bookyour own favourites from our selection onpages 155-175.step 3: choose your pass style• There are 3 ways to go:– Flexitrip (join the dots for ultimate flexibility).– Loops (travel one, two or all three loops).– One-Ways (tried and tested favourite routes).step 4: what next?• Once you’ve bought your pass we’ll give youdetails about ‘MyTrip’ to start planning.• Trip Mates - you can opt-in and start chattingwith others who are travelling on your firstdeparture day.38VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


9 COUNTRIES & 34 DESTINATIONSThe FLEXITRIP pass is designed to give you ultimate flexibility so gocrazy drawing circles around the destinations you have always dreamedof visiting, then connect the dots and count up the stops.A Flexistop is one coach day, so if you wanted to get from Paris toAmsterdam and miss out Bruges, that would be one Flexistop. If insteadyou wanted to hop-off in Bruges before heading on to Amsterdam afew days later, that would take two Flexistops. Build up on your baseFlexitrip pass by buying additional stops before you leave. You can alsobuy extra Flexistops while you’re on the road from your guide.FR6 STOPS $759FRSTUDENTS $7297 STOPSFR$829STUDENTSFR$7998 STOPSFR$889STUDENTSFR$8599 STOPSFR$929STUDENTSFR$899EXTRA STOPSFR$89STUDENTSFR$89ON THE ROADThe guides & DriversThe Crew are the true spirit of Busabout.They are there to help you make the most ofyour trip. They will even assist you with youronward travel in case you need to changeyour plans. So, if you need the low down onwhat metro line in Paris takes you to theEiffel Tower or where the best place to getgelato in Florence is, just ask the crew. Theyalso know the best places to party.‘Big Blues’......are very sexy and we love them. Eachcoach has Wi-Fi and its own entertainmentsystem offering on board movies plusloads of music channels. And for all the‘flashpackers’ out there travelling withelectronic gadgets, there are power pointson board so you can charge everythingup! The modern air-con coaches all havereclining seats, plenty of leg room andsecure lock-ups for your bags.39


HOP-ON HOP-OFF WITH BAMBAindependent flexible bus travelBamba Experience Passes includeconvenient transportation options,exciting activities along the routeof your choice and the flexibilityto choose your departure datesand make unlimited changes on thego. Bamba’s dedicated team arethere to assist you before, duringand after your trip. Ask your TravelExpert about their road trips,overland tours and other smallgroup adventures. Choose fromguided and self-guided options tosuit your individual travel style.ON THE ROADwhat’s special about bamba’s hop-on hop-off passes?Public TransportationTravel will be in safe, reliable andcomfortable buses. Depending on yourroute, you may travel by train, boat orprivate shuttle vans as well.Included ExperiencesExperience tons of included day tripsencompassing a variety of adventure,historical, natural and cultural activities.All activities bundled in your passes haveguaranteed daily departures too. Take alook on page 44 at the extensive list andwhich activities are included on Bamba’smost popular routes.Travel IndependentlyExplore the world exactly as you havealways dreamed. Travel freely, at your ownpace, to the best hot spots with no tourleader or schedule. It’s all up to you!Guaranteed Daily DeparturesBegin and end your journey anytime youwish, between the 1st of May and the 30thof September.Unlimited Schedule ChangesMake unlimited changes to your schedulebefore and during your trip. Your pass isvalid for 12 months, so you can take all thetime you want to enjoy your journey!Online Trip ManagerAccess your trip online to make as manychanges to your departure dates asyou wish.Best ValueBamba provides high quality transportationand activities with trusted and reliable localoperators at the most affordable rates.AccommodationAccommodation is not included so youchoose where to sleep every night with thehelp of Bamba’s list of recommended hostelsand hotels based on your budget and needs.However if you’re feeling lazy and can’t bebothered picking where to stay each night,most of Bamba’s Hop-on Hop-off routescan also be done as accommodated tours.Ask your STA Travel Expert for details.Independent Self-guided AdventuresTravel independently on a wide range of unforgettable fixed itineraries with prebookedpublic transportation, activities and hostel, 3-star or 4-star accommodation.There’s no tour leader to follow around - just great sights to explore and good timesto be had. Some of our favourites include Greek Island combos of Mykonos, Santoriniand Ios, 7 day Classic Greek Overland, 7 day Greek island & Turkey Cruise, Delphi& Meteora (for the classically inclined) and Ephesus and Pamukkale or Istanbul andCappadocia in Turkey - ask your STA Travel Expert for full details.small group adventuresThese short tours are great add ons to any European trip. Accommodation, anEnglish speaking tour manager and max 16-seater minibus transport are allincluded. Check out the 3 day Italy to Croatia Road Trip (or vv), 6 day Croatia toGreece Road Trip (or vv) and 5 or 7 day Bosnia Road Trip. Your STA Travel Expertcan give you more information.43


BAMBA EUROPEAN PASSESIncluded Experiences1. Berlin - Storyline of Berlin2. Warsaw - Communism ExperienceGermanyBerlinPolandBelarusColour of routescorrespond withBamba passesshown on this pageON THE ROAD3. Krakow - Auschwitz - Birkenau Tour4. Budapest - Budapest Explorer5. Vienna - Vienna by Bike Adventure6. Prague - Prague Experience7. Bucharest - Bucharest by Night8. Brasov - Dracula’s CastleCzechRepublicViennaAustriaSloveniaCroatiaSlovakiaHungaryBosnia &HerzegovinaSplitDubrovnikBudapestSerbiaRomaniaUkraineMoldova9. Sofia - Breakfast with Sofia10. Plovdiv - Plovdiv RevivalItalyMontenegroMacedoniaAlbaniaBulgariaIstanbul11. Split - Sea Kayaking Day TourGreeceTurkey12. Istanbul - Local Home Foodie Tour13. Eceabat - Gallipoli TourAthens14. Selcuk - Pamukkale Tour to Fethiye15. Fethiye - Gulet Cruise 4D/3N toOlymposCyprus16. Fethiye - 12 Islands Boat Adventure17. Goreme - Cappadocia DiscoveryAdventure18. Athens - Cape Sounion Experience19. Corfu - Pink Palace 2D/1NExperience20. Dubrovnik - Bosnia MostarAdventure21. Bay of Kotor - All About MusselsDay TripFREASTERN EUROPE WAYS $1,306Berlin Istanbul (via Poland & Romania)Recommended Trip Time 21 DaysIncluded experiences: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12FRBALKAN BAMBA WAYS $1,479Berlin DubrovnikRecommended Trip Time 27 DaysIncluded experiences: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 20GOULASCH WAYSBerlin BerlinRecommended trip time 17 DaysIncluded experiences: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6FR$880FRBALKAN ROAD TRIP WAYS $1,641Vienna Athens (via Croatia)Recommended trip time 32 DaysIncluded experiences: 4, 5, 11, 19, 18, 20, 21BerlinGermanyDresdenPolandPragueWarsawKrakowBerlinGermanyPraguePolandWarsawLodzKrakowViennaBratislavaBudapestAustriaHungaryCluj NapocaSighisoaraBrasovBucharestSerbiaVeliko TarnovoSofiaPlovdivIstanbulViennaBratislavaAustriaBudapestHungaryZagrebPagPlitviceZadar Split SerbiaHvar DubrovnikShkoderTiranaKotor BayUlcinjVloreDhermiCorfuGreeceAthens44VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


FR FR FRINTO ATHENS WAYS $1,320 TURKISH GULET WAYS $1,308 INTO THE GREEK$2,313Split Athens (or reverse)Istanbul IstanbulISLANDS WAYSRecommended Trip Time 18 DaysRecommended Trip Time 16 DaysVienna Athens (via Romania & Turkey)Included experiences: 11, 18, 19, 20, 21 Included experiences: 12, 13, 14, 15, 17FRATHENS TO ISTANBUL WAYS $1,302 BAKLAVA WAYSFR$588Athens Istanbul (or reverse)Istanbul IstanbulRecommended Trip Time 24 DaysRecommended Trip Time 8 DaysIncluded experiences: 12, 16, 17, 18Included experiences: 12, 14, 17CroatiaSplitDubrovnikHvar Bay of KotorUlcinj ShkoderTiranaVloreDhermiCorfuIstanbulTurkeyGreeceGoreme/CappadociaMykonosAthens KosFethiyeIosOlymposParosBodrumSantoriniKasEceabatSelcukIstanbulFethiyeTurkeyPamukkaleOlymposGoreme/CappadociaRecommended Trip Time 35 DaysIncluded experiences: 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13,14, 18Czech RepublicAustriaViennaBratislavaCroatiaSlovakiaBudapestHungaryCluj NapocaSighisoaraRomaniaBosnia andHerzegovinaSerbiaVeliko TarnovoMontenegroSofiaBulgariaAlbaniaGreeceAthensPlovdivMykonosBrasovBucharestEceabatIstanbulSelcukParosIosKos BodrumSantoriniON THE ROADGUIDED TURKEY HOP-ON HOP-OFFIf you’re a tad short on time or love your driver/guide, then opt to complete yourroute in one go with the same crew. Alternatively, you can free-spiritedly hop on andoff the bus, staying as long as you want in each place. Just jump back on a passingbus when you’re darn good and ready.You’ll ride in comfy air-conditioned non-smoking buses and be accompanied by aguide. As well as transport, your hop-on hop-off pass also includes a truckload oftours, activities and entrance fees. Now, we can’t say fairer than that.Guaranteed departures Jan-Dec: Monday, Thursday and Saturday.GallipoliEceabatTroySea ofMarmaraPergamonIstanbulBlack SeaPammukaleMAGICAL TURKEY HOPEAST TURKEY HOPTurkeyAnkaraFR$1,516FR$933Goreme/CappadociaFR$933included experiences forguided turkey:• English-speaking tour guides• Istanbul City Experience• Gallipoli Explorer• Troy & Trojan Experience• Acropolis of Pergamon Experience• Ephesus Explorer• Turkish Village Sirince Experience• Pamukkale & Hierapolis Adventure• Antalya Old City Explorer• Mausoleum of Mevlana Trip• Cappadocia Explorer• Ataturk Mausoleum TripKusadasiSirinceEphesusKonyaAntalyaIf you’d prefer to travel completely independently, Bamba also offer self-guidedhop-on hop-off routes. See Turkish Gulet Ways and Baklava Ways.45


EUROPEAN TOURINGEXCLUSIVELY FOR 18-35SEUROPEAN TOURINGEurope is so jam-packed with famous sights,it could literally take years to see it all. Unlessyou’ve just won the lottery and quit your job,we’re guessing you’re a little tighter on time,but you still want to see as much as possible.These fun trips will have you (and your newbest mates) ticking off the must-see highlightsfrom London to Paris, Rome, Berlin, Barcelonaand all points between. This ain’t no coachtour for your granny, these tours are designedexclusively for 18-35 year olds!Picture courtesyof Contiki HolidaysChoose between a ‘High Energy’ trip for latenights and a fun, party atmosphere as youtravel; a ‘Camping’ trip to get you in tune withthe great outdoors; or a ‘Discovery Plus’ tripif you want to see and do it all. To get underthe skin of your preferred destination, opt fora ‘In-Depth Explorer’ trip; or slow things downwith an ‘Easypace’ trip which gives you multinightstays in each place. All trip departureslisted in this section are 100% guaranteed.


EUROPEANHORIZONEUROPEANFR$1,535 HIGHLIGHTSFR$2,185London or Amsterdam Paris or London 10 DAYS London or Paris Amsterdam or London 14 DAYSVenice, ItalyHighlights• Soak in Amsterdam’s cool vibe and learn how a beer stein is crafted• Get an adrenalin hit in the outdoors playground of Austria’s Tyrol• Boat along Venice’s canals and visit a French perfumery in ParisTulips from AmsterdamHighlights• Admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa and visit a Monte Carlo casino• Sip French wine at a château and explore Florence’s art-filled streets• Enjoy a special access tour of Rome and cycle the Dutch countrysideEUROPEAN TOURINGDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0203-040506-0708-10London / Amsterdam / Rhine ValleyLeave London this morning (or meet the group in Amsterdam thatafternoon). This evening you’ll get to see Amsterdam’s beautifulcanals and gable houses that make the city unique by night. On Day2, meander the ‘Dam’ and its glorious sights before a scenic drive totonight’s stopover at a wine village in Germany’s Rhine Valley. (B, 2D)Rhine Valley / Munich / Austrian TyrolTravel via the Lorelei Rock on to the Bavarian capital of Munich, hometo the famous beer festival, Oktoberfest. On Day 4, zig-zag thoughstunning Alpine countryside as you make your way to a picturesquevillage in Austria’s Tyrol Valley, famous for its array of adventurousescapes, for a stopover at a traditional gasthof. (2B, D)Austrian Tyrol / VeniceGlimpse vineyards, orchards and castles as you wind your way acrossthe Brenner Pass into Italy and on to Venice. Be mesmerised by the‘Floating City’ as take in the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Square. (B)Venice / Lucerne / Swiss AlpsBack into the stunning scenery of the Alps today as you follow thetrail of clanging cow bells to Switzerland, past magical Lake Como.Enjoy a stop by Lake Lucerne, and a special stopover at a Swisschalet at the foot of Jungfrau Mountain. A day of optional adventuresawaits on Day 7, or you could just re-charge your batteries. (2B, 2D)Swiss Alps / Paris / LondonAs you head towards Paris, you’ll drive through the vineyards ofBurgundy. Enjoy a ‘Paris by Night’ tour as well as free time to see allthe city’s icons and to visit a French perfumery. On Day 10, transferto Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or back toLondon. (3B, D)01-0506-0910-1112-14London / Paris / Beaujolais Wine Region / French RivieraTravel from London to Paris today (or join the tour in Paris) and enjoya night-time sightseeing tour. Spend Day 2 exploring the beauty andglamour of this enchanting city. On Day 3, travel via vineyards fora special stopover and wine tasting at an impressive 16th Centurychâteau. On Day 4, stop in Avignon to stroll its medieval ramparts,before a two-night stay on the glamorous French Riviera. (4B, 4D)Pisa / Florence / Rome / VeniceHead for the university town of Pisa to check out its famous LeaningTower, before hitting the Renaissance centre of Florence, where youcan try some Tuscan specialities and enjoy a walking tour with a localguide. In Rome, another walking tour takes in the Trevi Fountain,Colosseum and Roman Forum before you enjoy free time to tap into‘La Dolce Vita’, explore this living history museum and see the sightsof the Vatican. Continue to Venice on Day 9, where an optionalgondola ride provides the authentic Venetian experience. (4B, D)Munich / Rhine Valley / AmsterdamScenic drive through the Austrian Alps before reaching the Bavariancapital of Munich, famous for its lederhosen, sausages and annualbeer-drinking Oktoberfest. After hitting the lively beer halls, sober up(in every sense of the phrase) with a visit to the concentration campmemorial at Dachau on your way to the Rhine Valley. Learn how beersteins are made and enjoy a spot of optional wine tasting. (2B, D)Amsterdam / LondonMake your way to the canal-lined streets of Amsterdam, where bikesoutnumber cars. You’ll soon be in the saddle for a bike ride out of thecity, before a walking tour of the Red Light District. After a full day toexplore the city, your trip ends on Day 14, with a transfer to SchipholAirport (estimated arrival 10am) or back to London. (3B, D)Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18- 35s Accommodation: Austrian gasthof(1 nt), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabin(1 nt), hotel (4 nts), hostel (1 nt) Transport:Air con coach with power points, ferry Meals:9 breakfasts, 6 dinners Group Leader: TripManager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 TourCode: COCCEHDepartures 2015STARTFINISHApr 11 Apr 20Apr 22 May 01May 06 May 15May 21 May 30May 31 Jun 09Jun 09 Jun 18Jun 16 Jun 25Jun 22 Jul 01STARTFINISHJun 27 Jul 06Jun 29 Jul 08Jul 02 Jul 11Jul 05 Jul 14Jul 08 Jul 17Jul 11 Jul 20Jul 18 Jul 27Jul 24 Aug 02START FINISHAug 05 Aug 14Aug 12 Aug 21Aug 19 Aug 28Aug 27 Sep 05Sep 06 Sep 15Sep 08 Sep 17Sep 17 Sep 26ScotlandENGLANDLondonDoverCalaisParisNORTH SEA21FRANCEDENMARKSWEDENGERMANYAmsterdam1RhineSt Goar ValleyMunichLucerneTyrol2Swiss Lake 1Alps ComoVeniceMEDITERRANEANSEA11ITALYADRIATICSEATrip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for18-35s Accommodation: Château (1 nt), cabins (6nts), hotels (5 nts), hostel (1 nt) Transport: Air ENGLAND concoach with power points, ferry Group Leader: TripManager & Driver Meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 dinnersGroup Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCPEDepartures 2015STARTFINISHApr 03 Apr 16Apr 15 Apr 28Apr 26 May 09May 06 May 19May 16 May 29May 23 Jun 05May 25 Jun 07May 27 Jun 09Jun 01 Jun 14Jun 06 Jun 19Jun 12 Jun 25Jun 14 Jun 27STARTFINISHJun 17 Jun 30Jun 20 Jul 03Jun 24 Jul 07Jun 27 Jul 10Jul 01 Jul 14Jul 02 Jul 15Jul 05 Jul 18Jul 10 Jul 23Jul 12 Jul 25Jul 15 Jul 28Jul 22 Aug 04Jul 25 Aug 07START FINISHJul 26 Aug 08Jul 29 Aug 11Aug 01 Aug 14Aug 07 Aug 20Aug 09 Aug 22Aug 19 Sep 01Aug 26 Sep 08Sep 07 Sep 20Sep 08 Sep 21Sep 13 Sep 26Sep 16 Sep 29Sep 18 Oct 01ENGLISH CHANNELNORTH SEAGERMANYEdam2 AmsterdamLondonDover1CalaisSt Goar RhineValley2FRANCEParis Dachau1FontainebleauMunich Tyrol1Château Venice 1de CruixITALYPisa 1Avignon2 FlorenceFrench MonacoRiviera Rome 2MEDITERRANEANSEAADRIATICSEAAdditional departure dates are available, ask for details.Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.47


EUROPEAN WHIRLLondon or Amsterdam Paris or LondonFR$2,77518 DAYSHighlights• Cycle the streets of Edam• Explore Berlin’s trendy art scene• See the site of ‘Checkpoint Charlie’• Wander Prague’s famous old town• Bunk down in a traditional gasthof• Explore Rome on a special access tour• Discover Renaissance art in Florence• Breathe the crisp air of the AlpsEUROPEAN TOURINGATLANTICOCEANDepartures 2015START FINISH START FINISHApr 05 Apr 22 Jun 26 Jul 13Apr 18 May 05 Jul 02 Jul 19May 05 May 22 Jul 05 Jul 22May 19 Jun 05 Jul 07 Jul 24May 31 Jun 17 Jul 12 Jul 29Jun 10 Jun 27 Jul 16 Aug 02Jun 14 Jul 01 Jul 19 Aug 05Jun 16 Jul 03 Jul 22 Aug 08Jun 21 Jul 08 Jul 29 Aug 15ENGLANDENGLISH CHANNELSPAINNORTH SEAMEDITERRANEAN SEADenmarkSTART FINISHJul 31 Aug 17Aug 06 Aug 23Aug 10 Aug 27Aug 17 Sep 03Aug 23 Sep 09Aug 30 Sep 16Sep 07 Sep 24Sep 14 Oct 01Sep 15 Oct 02Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Austrian gasthof(1 nt), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (5nts), hotels (4 nts), hostels (5 nts) Transport:Air con coach with power points for charging,ferry crossings Meals: 17 breakfasts, 9dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver,on-site teams at villages and special stopoversGroup Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCEWGERMANYEdam2Amsterdam Berlin2LondonDoverDresdenCalaisPrague 2Valley of the Somme2 ParisMunich1Burgundy Region1Lucerne Tyrol2Swiss Brenner PassAlps Lake Como 2 VeniceApennineFRANCE1 MountainsFlorenceYou might like2VaticanCityRomeITALYADRIATICSEAOur Top Optional Activities:• Locally guided tour of the VaticanMuseums in Rome• White water rafting adventure in the TyrolValley• Guided walking tour by a local in BerlinFrom the cycle-friendly Dutch capital to the romantic sights of Paris, find out what makesEurope tick. You’ll stay at some exclusive special stopovers; we’ve lined up a traditionalgasthof in the picture-perfect Austrian Tyrol and a cosy stay in a chalet in a stunning Swissvillage to name a few. Go on the hunt for Bohemian treasures in Prague’s old town, hit thecool club scene in Berlin, try a stein of beer in Munich, cruise the canals of Venice, absorbthe history of Rome and feast on Tuscan specialities in Florence. This fab trip really givesyou a sense of what culture-rich Europe has to offer!DAY01-0203-0405-0607-08091011-121314-1516-1718ITINERARYLondon / AmsterdamSet off on your Euro adventure and make your way to the red-light capital, Amsterdam, to check outthe canals by night. The next day, hop on a bike and pedal past windmills in scenic Edam and visit aclog maker’s house. Afterwards, check out museums, trendy cafés or head to a nightclub. (B, D)Amsterdam / BerlinMotor down the autobahn and prepare for a dose of über-cool in Berlin. Tonight enjoy the city’scutting-edge arts, bar and club scene. The next day, enjoy a free day to explore historic sites like‘Checkpoint Charlie’, the Reichstag and the controversial remains of the Berlin Wall. (2B, D)Berlin / Dresden / PragueStop for a tasty bratwurst in the beautifully-rebuilt Baroque city of Dresden on your way to Prague,an ever-modernising hub of Eastern European revival. Enjoy a free day to explore Wenceslas Square,Hradcany Castle and Charles Bridge, followed by delicious Czech beer and the fun of a night out! (2B)Prague / Munich / Austrian TyrolToday you’re heading back to Germany and on to Munich, the festival home of Oktoberfest. On Day 8,be wowed by Alpine scenery en route to a Tyrolean village famous for its adventure sports. (2B, D)Austrian Tyrol / VeniceThis morning you have the option to plunge yourself into a whitewater rafting adventure. After, windyour way out of the mountains through the Bavarian Alps to fairytale Venice. (B, D)VeniceMeander along the alleyways and canals of the ‘Floating City’ to find grand squares, art-filledpalazzos, quirky shops, bars and markets. You’ll see sights such as the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’sSquare, as well as having the option to gondola ride along the city’s iconic canals. (B, D)Venice / RomeCriss-cross your way through the Apennine Mountains to Rome. Tonight’s walking tour takes in someimpressive sights like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and PiazzaNavona. Enjoy free time in Rome on Day 12 and an optional tour of the Vatican Museums. (2B, D)Rome / FlorenceToday you’re off to Renaissance Florence where a local guide gives you the inside scoop on the city’sbest attractions; see the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, the Baptistry and Piazza Della Signoria. (B)Florence / Lucerne / Swiss AlpsGlimpse the magical Lake Como and admire the lakeside beauty of Lucerne before delving into theSwiss Alps. On Day 15, take the optional cog train to the summit of Jungfrau Mountain. (2B, 2D)Swiss Alps / ParisPass through the lush vineyards of Burgundy to the glittering French capital for a special ‘Parisby Night’ tour to see the attactions and sparkling lights. On Day 17 you’ll get to visit a Frenchperfumery and enjoy your last night as a group. (2B, D)Paris / LondonChoose to extend your stay and remain in Paris, catch the morning transfer to Charles de GaulleAirport (estimated arrival 10am) or take the complimentary transfer back to London. (B)48


LONDON TO ATHENSLondon or Paris AthensFR$3,79921 DAYSHighlights• See the stunning Versailles Palace• Stay in a 16th Century French château• See the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona• Try your luck at a Monte Carlo casino• Tuck in to a delicious Tuscan feast• Choose to tour the Vatican Museums• Relax and enjoy the rays in Corfu• Discover ancient monuments in AthensDepartures 2015START FINISHMay 03 May 23May 17 Jun 06May 31 Jun 20Jun 09 Jun 29Jun 14 Jul 04START FINISHJun 20 Jul 10Jun 23 Jul 13Jun 28 Jul 18Jul 05 Jul 25Jul 12 Aug 01START FINISHJul 20 Aug 09Aug 04 Aug 24Aug 18 Sep 07Aug 30 Sep 19Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.Athens, GreeceEUROPEAN TOURINGInclusionsTrip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: French château(2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (7 nts),hostels (2 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt)Transport: Air con coach with power pointsfor charging, ferry crossings Meals: 20breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 13 dinners GroupLeader: Trip Manager & Driver, exclusive onsiteteams at villages and special stopoversGroup Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCLGNORTH SEAENGLANDLondonGERMANY1 DoverCalaisValley of the Somme3VersaillesFontainebleauBeaujolais RegionChâteaude CruixFRANCEPyreneesMountainsSPAIN 2ParisFrenchRivieraBarcelonaMEDITERRANEAN SEAYou might like2VenicePOLANDApennine MountainsArles Pisa 2Florence2MonacoRome2Vatican Mt. VesuviusCity PompeiiBrindisiCorinth CanalIONIAN SEACorfuAthensWant to chill in the Greek Islands?Greek Island Hopping Fr $2,465(13 days, Athens to Athens)(COBBGI) see page 141Shorten Your TripLondon to Rome Fr $2,855(16 days) (COCCLR)2131A journey of culture, food and fun. Start off with three awesome nights in Paris whichgives you plenty of time to check out the city highlights and enjoy a trip to Versailles.Make your way down through Italy via Spain and the French Riviera. Chill for a few nightson the beautiful holiday island of Corfu before ending your tour in Athens after ticking theAcropolis off your ‘to do’ list. If you want to add on a bit of Greek island hopping, just saythe word and we’ll get it sorted. Or if you want to jump off in Rome, that’s fine too. This isyour trip and we’re going to make sure it’s the trip of a lifetime!LATVIADAY0102-0304-0506-07ROMANIA08-0910-1112-1314-151617-1920-21ITINERARYLondon / ParisGet to know your new pals on the journey to Paris as you travel across the English Channel and passWorld War I battlefields. Or if you fancy, meet your group later that afternoon in Paris. This eveningyou’ll have a spectacular ‘Paris by Night’ tour taking in the sights with Champagne and escargot. (D)ParisImmerse yourself in French culture with two days to explore the history and sights of the city. You’llalso have the chance to see the impressive and opulent Versailles Palace. (2B, D)Paris / Beaujolais Wine RegionTravel through the Burgundy wine region to a special overnight stop at our 16th Century château. OnDay 5, relax and enjoy the rural setting on a picnic with a view and chill out by the pool. (2B, L, 2D)Beaujolais Wine Region / BarcelonaTravel through southern France, across the Pyrenees and head for the sizzling Mediterranean city ofBarcelona. Take in a city tour on Day 7 to see all the sights, walk down Las Ramblas or hit the beach.Tonight, head out to see an optional traditional flamenco show and try tapas and sangria. (2B, D)Barcelona / French RivieraSit back and enjoy a drive through rustic Provence and along the Côte d’Azur, as you head for theglitzy French Riviera. On Day 9, wander the markets and boutiques and soak up the sophisticatedatmosphere. Head to Monte Carlo to see the Royal Palace and try your luck at a casino. (2B, 2D)French Riviera / VeniceBuongiorno Italia! Today you’ll have the chance to pick up a glamorous bargain or two at a designeroutlet mall en route to Venice. On Day 11, meander through the maze of backstreets and alleys andfollow the canals to marvel at sights such as the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square. (2B, 2D)Venice / Pisa / FlorenceSnap yourself propping up against an architectural wonder, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, en route toFlorence. Enjoy a locally-guided tour of Florence’s striking buildings and sacred art, and plenty of freetime to explore the collection of Renaissance art or hit the shops for some leather goods. (2B, D)Florence / RomeReady, steady, Rome! Explore all the sights like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia,the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona on tonight’s walking tour. On Day 15, there’s achance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. (2B, D)Rome / CorfuPassing Naples, the birthplace of pizza, catch a glimpse of Mt. Vesuvius and take an optional tour ofPompeii’s ancient ruins. It’s then onto the overnight ferry across the Adriatic, bound for Greece. (B)CorfuKick back and relax in Corfu as you soak up some sumptuous Greek rays over the next few days.Enjoy the water sports, food, shopping and local culture in this turquoise island paradise. (3B, 2D)Corfu / AthensLeave the island and travel across the impressive Corinth Canal en route to mythological Athens. OnDay 21, after sightseeing the ancient wonders, it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (2B)49


EUROPEAN EXPERIENCELondon or Paris Amsterdam or LondonBALTIC SEAEUROPEAN TOURINGNORTH SEAIRISH SEANETHERLANDSEdamENGLANDAmsterdam2GERMANYRuhr ValleyLondon Dover1BELGIUM RhineCalaisSt Goar ValleyENGLISH CHANNELValley of the Somme HeidelbergDachau2 Paris1 MunichFontainebleauAUSTRIABurgundy Region2LucerneTyrolBeaujolais RegionLiechtensteinBrenner Pass22 SwissATLANTIC OCEAN Châteaude CruixAlps2 VeniceITALYFRANCEPisa 21 Monaco FlorenceFrenchRivieraMEDITERRANEANSEA2 RomeVatican CityADRIATIC SEAHighlights• Try Champagne and escargot in Paris• Picnic in the French countryside• Mix with the elite in Monte Carlo• See Renaissance treasures in Florence• Visit world-famous sites in Rome• Admire Vienna’s glorious architecture• Visit Dachau concentration camp• Cycle along the canals in EdamDepartures 2015STARTFINISHApr 06 Apr 25Apr 20 May 09May 01 May 20May 11 May 30May 21 Jun 09May 29 Jun 17Jun 10 Jun 29Jun 12 Jul 01Jun 15 Jul 04STARTFINISHJun 22 Jul 11Jun 24 Jul 13Jun 29 Jul 18Jul 01 Jul 20Jul 06 Jul 25Jul 10 Jul 29Jul 16 Aug 04Jul 19 Aug 07Jul 27 Aug 15STARTFINISHJul 30 Aug 18Aug 10 Aug 29Aug 13 Sep 01Aug 24 Sep 12Aug 31 Sep 19Sep 11 Sep 30Sep 14 Oct 03Sep 16 Oct 05Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: High Energy Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:French château (2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2nt), Swiss chalet (2 nts), village cabins (7nts), hotels (5 nts), hostel (1 nt) Transport:Air con coach with power points for charging,ferry crossings Meals: 19 breakfasts, 1picnic lunch, 13 dinners Group Leader: TripManager & Driver, exclusive on-site teamsat villages and special stopovers Group Size:Max 53 Tour Code: COCCMXYou might likeOur Top Optional Activities:• Gondola ride through Venice’s canals• Adventure activities including whitewaterrafting in Tyrol• Cog railway ride up Jungfrau Mountain• Wine tasting in Germany’s Rhine Valley• Cabaret show and Champagne in ParisWho would’ve thought we could squeeze this many amazing experiences (not to mentionten different countries) into 20 days? Departing from London, your adventure really kicksoff in Paris, a city full of romantic and historical charm as you start your journey towardsworld-famous Amsterdam. In between lies a fabulous mix of culture, sights and fun. Seespectacular scenery in the Swiss Alps, the sun-splashed glamour of the French Riviera,the history of Italy and the adrenalin-fuelled spirit of Austria. You’ll be swept away by theenergetic group dynamic, but with plenty of time to explore on your own too.DAY0102030405060708ITINERARYLondon / ParisMeet up with your crew and travelling pals in London, and catch a peek at the White Cliffs ofDover as you ferry across the Channel to France. Journey past World War I battlefields and on topicturesque Paris (you can also join the tour in Paris if you prefer). On your first evening you’ll sipChampagne and admire the city’s illuminated sights, such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, theLouvre, the Champs Élysées and Notre Dame Cathedral. Ooh la la! (D)ParisThis European gem is sure to captivate you with its opulence of history, romance and magic. On everystreet corner you can uncover endless lengendary icons like the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur,for magnificent sweeping views of the city. You’re bound to witness and indulge in the Parisian caféculture, seek inspiration at one of the city’s museums and stroll among the boutiques of the LatinQuarter. Later on, choose to head to a famous all-singing-all-dancing cabaret show! (B)Paris / Beaujolais Wine RegionWinding through Burgundy’s wine country and the Beaujolais wine region, you’ll stop at ChâteauFontainebleau before reaching tonight’s stop at a 16th Century château! Here you’ll be treated toa wine tasting in the cellar with the local wine expert, then you can chill poolside or take a strollthrough the countryside. (B, D)Beaujolais Wine RegionToday’s agenda: relaxation, relaxation, relaxation. Unwind at the château; swim, or immerse yourselfin the rural French countryside on a scenic walk to the ‘Top of the World’. Once you have reachedthe top of the hill, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the French countryside as you eat yourpicnic lunch, perhaps washed down by some local Beaujolais wine? Bliss. (B, L, D)Beaujolais Wine Region / French RivieraTravel through France’s charmingly rustic Provence region - known for its pretty landscapes oflavender, sunflowers and wild herbs - to the glamorous French Riviera. Tonight, rub shoulders withthe rich and famous in Monaco where you’ll see the Royal Palace and visit a Monte Carlo casino. (B)French Riviera / Pisa / FlorenceThis morning’s first stop is at a French perfumery where you can pick up the latest fragrance. It’sthen off to check out the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, before you arrive into Florence’s welcomingarms. After dinner, take a walk along the River Arno and head into the heart of the city where youcan unwind Tuscan style with a glass of Chianti wine in an art-filled piazza. (B, D)FlorenceSpend the morning getting under the skin of the charming Tuscan capital with a locally-guided tourof the sights; see the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry and Piazza dellaSignoria. Take in a Florentine leather craft demonstration (and pick up some leather goods whileyou’re at it!) and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B)Florence / RomeRome is calling! Pass Umbria’s pretty rolling hills and terraced vineyards on the road to Rome. Enjoythe truly incredible and era-defining sights including the Vatican City, Colosseum, the Roman Forum,Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Pizza, pasta and a glass of vino is agreat way to spend the night as you follow the lead of the locals in backstreet bars and cafés - thisis the good life! (B)50


FR$3,03520 DAYSVenice, ItalyEUROPEAN TOURINGEiffel Tower, ParisRome, ItalyAmsterdam, Holland091011121314151617181920RomeRome’s your culture-clad playground today as you take it all in. Layers of history reveal themselves inthe streets and an optional tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, will be a treatas you learn about its fascinating history from a local guide. It’s then off to explore the city sights,enjoy a spot of shopping or tuck into some local delicacies! Bella Roma! (B, D)Rome / VeniceStart your journey north today, through the luscious rolling Apennine Mountains, heading for thecanals and grand squares in romantic Venice! (B, D)VeniceTime to lose yourself in the maze of backstreets, alleyways and canals today as you explore thehighlights of the ‘Floating City’; the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square areall waiting to be explored. Enjoy a private boat trip through the Venetian Lagoon and see the city’senchanting maze of canals. You could always find yourself a local backstreet bar for an aperitif andindulge in some bruschetta. (B, D)Venice / Austrian TyrolIt’s time to say arrivederci to Italy today. Relax and enjoy a scenic drive past vineyards, orchards andcastles as you wind your way through the mountains to a quaint Tyrolean village in Austria. Tonight’sspecial stopover is at a traditional gasthof. (B, D)Austrian TyrolThis picture-perfect spot is the idyllic setting for a little outdoors adventure, and today you canchoose your own. Exhilarating outdoor activities include; tandem paragliding, hiking and mountainbiking! The perfect way to soak up the stunning Alpine scenery. (B, D)Austrian Tyrol / MunichOn to Bavaria, but first a stop at the sobering Dachau concentration camp memorial to learnabout the tragic history of the Holocaust before reaching lively Munich (home of the legendaryOktoberfest). See the city’s famous Glockenspiel and Marienplatz and then maybe head off to enjoysome beer drinking and traditional Bavarian entertainment in the great beer halls. (B)Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss AlpsA unique stop today to check out tiny Liechtenstein and see a spectacular 12th Century castle beforeheading to the lakeside beauty of Lucerne, to indulge in some delicious Swiss chocolates. Enjoy astroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town and wander across Lucerne’s famous woodenChapel Bridge. Continue on through the Alps and finish with tonight’s special stopover in a traditionalSwiss chalet in the mountains. (B, D)Swiss AlpsChill for a day in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. Feel like you’re on top of the world and take partin the optional cog railway ride to the top of snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain where you’ll enjoybreathtaking vistas. (B, D)Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine ValleyBack to Germany today as you pass through Heidelberg, known for its great old town and livelystudent ambience. It’s then on to the Rhine Valley, a region full of wine villages with a traditionalGerman atmosphere. You’ll learn how beer steins are crafted or perhaps enjoy wine tasting in anunderground cellar. (B, D)Rhine Valley / AmsterdamToday you travel into the Netherlands and on to vibrant Amsterdam. Take a bike ride past windmillsin the village of Edam and visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house. in the evening, check out thesights of the Red Light District. (B, D)AmsterdamWith a full day in Amsterdam, you can check out the city’s myriad of museums, trendy cafés andnotoriously fun nightclubs. Tonight, you have the option to enjoy a canal cruise. (B)Amsterdam / LondonExtend your stay in Amsterdam, catch the morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival10am) or take a complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)51


EUROPEAN ESCAPADELondon or Paris Amsterdam or LondonBALTIC SEAIRISH SEANORTH SEAEUROPEAN TOURINGATLANTIC OCEANEdamENGLAND2 AmsterdamLondonGERMANYRuhr ValleyDover1Calais BELGIUM RhineSt GoarENGLISH CHANNELValleyValley of the Somme HeidelbergMauthausen2 ParisFountainebleauMunich 12ViennaBurgundy Region Liechtenstein 2Tyrol2LucerneSwiss2Dolomite MountainsChâteau Alpsde CruixITALY 2VeniceSPAINFRANCEPyreneesMountains2Apennine MountainsArles Pisa2Monaco Florence2ADRIATIC SEAFrenchRiviera2 RomeBarcelonaVatican CityMEDITERRANEANSEAIONIAN SEAAEGEAN SEAHighlights• Taste Champagne & escargot in Paris• Stay at a 16th Century château• See Gaudi’s iconic Sagrada Familia• Take an optional tour of Vatican City• Enjoy wine tasting in Beaujolais• See Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna• Visit Malthausen concentration camp• Cycle around the village of EdamDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMar 30 Apr 23Apr 13 May 07Apr 30 May 24May 12 Jun 05May 20 Jun 13May 30 Jun 23Jun 07 Jul 01Jun 11 Jul 05Jun 15 Jul 09STARTFINISHJun 23 Jul 17Jun 25 Jul 19Jun 29 Jul 23Jul 01 Jul 25Jul 08 Aug 01Jul 11 Aug 04Jul 17 Aug 10Jul 23 Aug 16Jul 29 Aug 22STARTFINISHAug 04 Aug 28Aug 16 Sep 09Aug 22 Sep 15Sep 06 Sep 30Sep 09 Oct 03Sep 12 Oct 06Sep 14 Oct 08Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: French château(2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet(2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (5 nts),hostels (5 nts) Transport: Air con coach withpower points for charging, ferry crossingsMeals: 24 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 16dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver,exclusive on-site teams at villages and specialstopovers Group Size: Max 53 Tour Code:COCCBEYou might likeOur Top Optional Activities:• Feel the passion at a flamenco show inBarcelona• Try some unusual flavours at theschnaps museum in Vienna• Go tandem paragliding or bobsleddingin the Austrian Tyrol• Enjoy wine tasting in the Rhine ValleySample a mix of cultures on this 25-day European Escapade. You’ll visit four differentcorners of Europe - brooding Gallic charm, insatiable Mediterranean vibes, the majesty ofAustria and Germany and the spectacular scenery of the Alps. Iconic cities such as Paris,Rome, Vienna and Amsterdam scream with a million different stories. Cultural hotspots likeFlorence, Venice, Munich and Barcelona lay bare their histories for you to discover. Top it alloff with some of the world’s most outstanding scenery, like the Swiss Alps, the sultry FrenchRiviera and endless rolling hills of the Tyrol.DAY01-0203-0405060708091011ITINERARYLondon / ParisAfter a quick meet and greet journey across the English Channel, past World War I battlefields and onto Paris. This evening’s special ‘Paris by Night’ tour will be a treat as you understand why the ChampsÉlysées is referred to as the ‘Avenue of Diamonds and Rubies’. Spend Day 2 exploring the sights:climb the Eiffel Tower, see the Arc de Triomphe, stroll through art-filled galleries at the Louvre, hitthe shops along the Champs Élysées and visit Notre Dame Cathedral. This evening, head out to anoptional cabaret show and see the can-can girls demonstrating French cabaret at its finest! (B, D)Paris / Beaujolais Wine RegionHead out into the glorious French countryside with a stop at the grand Fontainebleau Château. PassBurgundy vineyards as you continue to tonight’s special stopover, a 16th Century French château.Enjoy wine tasting within the château’s working winery, relax by the pool or explore the surroundingcountryside. On Day 4 you’ll get to enjoy a rustic French picnic with a magnificent view. (2B, L, 2D)Beaujolais Wine Region / BarcelonaExperience beautiful views as you head through scenic southern France and across the PyrénéesMountains into Spain. Travelling down the coast, you’ll be bound for the scorching seaside cityof Barcelona! There’s nowhere quite like Barcelona, not least because the language spoken here(Catalan) is so different to the rest of Spain. (B, D)BarcelonaA big day as you take in all the sights of this flirtatious city. See Gaudi’s famous (but as yetunfinished) Sagrada Familia, explore the Gothic Quarter and stroll down Las Ramblas. If you fancyescaping the crowds head to the beach or to Parc Güell to see more of Gaudi’s famous works.Tonight, get into the spirit of things and head to an optional flamenco show! (B)Barcelona / Povence / French RivieraTravel via Provence to see ancient Roman monuments at the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Arles.Scoot along the Côte d’Azur amidst the glamorous surroundings of the French Riviera. (B, D)French RivieraYou have a full free day to explore the chic and stylish French Riviera. Browse the markets andboutiques, catch some rays on the beach or enjoy a long lunch at a hip brasserie. Tonight, you’ll headto Monte Carlo to see the Royal Palace and visit a casino, so get your bets ready! (B, D)French Riviera / Pisa / FlorenceContinue along the scenic coastal Côte d’Azur, stop for a creative picture or two at the Leaning Towerof Pisa, originally built in the 12th Century as a bell tower - it now leans almost four metres from thevertical! Later, motor on to the charming Tuscan capital; Florence. (B, D)FlorenceA treat today as a local Fiorentini takes you on a tour of the sights and gives you an insider’s viewof the city. See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry and Piazza dellaSignoria. Catch a leather demonstration and absorb the Renaissance vibe. (B)Florence / RomeWaving goodbye to Florence you’ll make your way to another Italian heavyweight; Rome! Familiariseyourself with all the sights like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain,the Pantheon and Piazza Navona on tonight’s tour. See how many you recognise from the movies. (B)52


FR$3,86525 DAYSVenice, ItalyBarcelona, SpainEUROPEAN TOURINGSpanish Steps, Rome1213-1415-1617181920-2122232425RomeThere are an incalculable number of archaeological and artistic treasures to explore - so you hadbest not waste any time! A meander through the streets will reveal layers of history with lots ofhidden pockets, grand piazzas and glamorous boulevards to uncover. Later, there’s a chance to delveinto history with a tour of the Vatican Museums with a local guide, including the Sistine Chapel. (B, D)Rome / VeniceIt’s time to say arrivederci to Rome and head north to Venice. Let loose on the ‘Floating City’ andexplore the sights; see the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square. Wander thebackstreets, explore quaint shops, see the iconic canals and gondolas, then maybe enjoy an aperitifin a local bar. (2B, 2D)Venice / ViennaIt’s time to leave Italy and travel north through the stunning Dolomite Mountains and on to theAustrian capital; classy Vienna. Wiener schnitzel, strudel and schnaps time! On Day 16 check out theSchönbrunn and Hofburg Palaces - home to the once-mighty Habsburg monarchy - the magnificentOpera House, the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral and wander through the delicious food stalls of theNaschmarkt. (2B)Vienna / MunichToday it’s on to Munich, famous for its annual beer festival Oktoberfest, travelling via Mauthausenfor a sobering stop at the concentration camp memorial to remember the tragic history of theHolocaust. In Munich, there’s time to check out this handsome city and see the Glockenspiel andMarienplatz. Later, you could head off to the beer halls to drink Bavarian beer by the stein and enjoysome traditional German entertainment! (B)Munich / Austrian TyrolThe Austrian Tyrol is the destination today, where you’ll enjoy your special stopover for the night in atraditional Austrian gasthof. (B, D)Austrian TyrolThis spectacular part of the world is synonymous with adrenalin-fuelled adventure sports and thereis plenty on offer today! Choose to go tandem paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. If adventure isnot your thing you can choose to explore the quaint village and surrounding countryside. (B, D)Austrian Tyrol / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss AlpsSetting off this morning, enjoy a unique stop in tiny Liechtenstein where you’ll stroll around thecapital city, Vaduz, before heading into Switzerland with a delightful stop in Lucerne. Stroll across thefamous wooden Chapel Bridge and pick up some yummy Swiss chocolates lakeside. This afternoon,continue on to a small village for a stay in a traditional chalet in the mountains. On Day 21, you’llhave some chill out time in the serenity of the mountains or take a cog railway ride to the top ofJungfrau Mountain. What a view! (2B, 2D)Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine ValleyTravel through awesome mountain scenery and head back into Germany today. Make a stop inpicturesque Heidelberg, famous for its lively atmosphere, large student population and medievalcastle. Then head on to the charming wine villages of the Rhine Valley. (B, D)Rhine Valley / AmsterdamLast stop and it’s a goodie. Today, make your way to the red lights of Amsterdam, famed for itsliberal thinking and bicycle riding culture. Jump on a bike tour past windmills and visit a cheese farmand clog maker’s house to learn how it’s done. Later on, be sure to check out the city’s canals andelegant gable houses by night! (B, D)AmsterdamA free day to explore all the sights. Amsterdam’s city centre is easy to navigate so head to themuseum quarter, sip coffee with the locals in a canal side café and hit the shops on your last day. Inthe evening take an optional canal cruise to explore the city’s elegant waterways by night. A party isin order - so head out to one of the notoriously fun nightclubs to celebrate what will have been anunforgettable few weeks. (B)Amsterdam / LondonExtend your stay in Amsterdam or take the morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival10am) or choose to return to central London with the complimentary transfer. (B)53


EUROPEAN CONTRASTSLondon or Paris Amsterdam or LondonNORTH SEAEUROPEAN TOURINGNETHERLANDSAmsterdamENGLAND2GERMANYRuhr ValleyLondon Dover1CalaisSt Goar RhineValleyENGLISH CHANNEL2 PragueCZECH REPValley of the Somme HeidelbergCesky Krumlov2ParisDachau1FontainebleauMunich 21Burgundy RegionTyrolAUSTRIALiechtenstein2 LucerneDolomite2MountainsBeaujolaisSwiss2ITALYVeniceRegionAlpsATLANTIC OCEAN2FRANCEPisa2FrenchRivieraRome2Vatican City Mt. VesuviusPompeiiBariMEDITERRANEAN SEAFlorenceVienna113CorfuHighlights• Explore glittering Paris by night• See the Royal Palace in Monaco• Learn the lingo on the streets of Rome• Kick back and soak up the Corfu sun• Cruise through the Venetian Lagoon• Tuck into apple strudel in Vienna• Hunt for treasure in Old Town Prague• Stay in a traditional Swiss chaletDepartures 2015STARTFINISHApr 16 May 14Apr 24 May 22May 19 Jun 16May 22 Jun 19Jun 02 Jun 30STARTFINISHJun 05 Jul 03Jun 17 Jul 15Jun 20 Jul 18Jul 07 Aug 04Jul 11 Aug 08STARTFINISHJul 23 Aug 20Aug 14 Sep 11Aug 26 Sep 23Aug 29 Sep 26Sep 09 Oct 07Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: French château(2 nts), Austrian Gasthof (1 nt), Swiss chalet(2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (8 nts),hostels (5 nts), overnight ferries (2 nts)Transport: Air con coach with power pointsfor charging, ferry crossings Meals: 28breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 16 dinners GroupLeader: Trip Manager & Driver, on-site teamsat villages and special stopovers group GroupSize: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCSERYou might likeOur Top Optional Activities:• See the can-can at a Parisian cabaret• Take in the music of Mozart in Vienna• Evening canal boat cruise in AmsterdamCorfu Sailing Option: Fr $5,445Days 12-14 of this trip can be spent on aprivate yacht (multishare accommodation),cruising the waves flotilla-style, helping outon deck, swimming and sunbathing, withdaily breakfast and lunch provided.Tour Code: COCCSESEurope; a culture-rich continent packed full of beauty and ultra-fascinating history. Butsometimes, all that really matters is kicking back on a beach! We heard you and you’ll getplenty of time enjoying the sun-splashed coasts of the French Riviera, Italy and Greece onthis 29-day adventure, chasing the sun through 12 countries. Iconic cities such as Paris,Rome, Prague and Amsterdam are ticked off, as well as the cultural capitals of Florence,Venice and Vienna. Scenic wonderlands like the Swiss Alps, Austrian Tyrol and the RhineValley provide the photogenic backdrop. No hassles, no worries, just lots of amazing times!DAY010203-0405-0607-0809-1011ITINERARYLondon / ParisThere’s plenty of time to introduce yourself to your group on the journey across the English Channel,past World War I battlefields and on to Paris, where you can also join the trip if you prefer. Thisevening, a ‘Paris by Night’ tour will treat you to Champagne and escargot, whilst you admire thedazzle of this charismatic city and its sparkling lights. (D)ParisToday is a full free day to soak up the romantic atmosphere and see all the unique icons of the city.You might like to climb the Eiffel Tower, check out the Arc de Triomphe, visit the Louvre and see theMona Lisa, stroll down the Champs Élysées or the banks of the River Seine. Or do as the locals doand get involved with the city’s addictive café culture and simply people watch! In the evening, signup for an authentic cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls and Champagne! (B)Paris / Beaujolais Wine RegionChablis, Burgundy and Beaujolais vineyards are on Day 3’s agenda, as you wind through the Burgundywine region, with a stop at the imposing Fontainebleau Château. As you journey through the rusticFrench countryside you will end at tonight’s stop, a 16th Century château! Enjoy wine tasting in thechâteau’s working winery or relax by the pool. On Day 4, you’ll get to enjoy a brie-filled French picnicwith a magnificent view as you head out to explore the vineyard-lined surroundings. (2B, L, 2D)Beaujolais Wine Region / French RivieraParade through Provence to the insanely sophisticated French Riviera. Dust off your glad rags asyou’ll be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous in Monaco tonight. See the Royal Palace andhit the tables in a Monte Carlo casino. On Day 6, keep your eyes peeled for celebs as you stroll thepromenade of Nice, check out the boutique shops or wander through the local market. If it’s all toomuch to take in, grab a spot on the beach and relax among all the bronzed bodies. (2B, 2D)French Riviera / Pisa / FlorenceFirst up today you’ll get to visit a French perfumery as you bid ‘bon voyage’ to France. Enjoy astunning coastal drive along the Côte d’Azur to check out Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower beforearriving into Florence. On Day 8, a local of the city will show you its architectural and arty wonderson a walking tour so you can admire the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Piazzadella Signoria. As well as gaining some insider knowledge you’ll get to see a Florentine leather craftdemonstration. Later, take to the streets and explore at your own pace. (2B, D)Florence / RomeIt’s off to explore the might of Rome! Familiarise yourself with the sights on a tour of the city; theColosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.On Day 10, don’t leave a stone unturned as you explore this living history museum. Enjoy a treat withan optional locally-guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Lose yourself inthe maze of streets, alleys and squares or pull up at a café and sip espressos as you watch the localsgo by. (2B, D)Rome / CorfuAs you leave the delights of Rome behind you, pass Naples, a palm-fringed city sandwiched betweena sleeping volcano and the steaming Campi Flegrei. On your way you are sure to catch a glimpse ofimposing Mt. Vesuvius too. Later on there is the chance to opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient lostcity and ruins. A local guide will really make the whole place come alive and you’ll get a good ideawhat it was like living in ancient Roman times. It’s then onto the overnight ferry bound for Greece. (B)54


FR$4,51529 DAYSBeaujolais Wine Region, FranceVenice, ItalyEUROPEAN TOURINGRome, ItalyCharles Bridge, Prague12-1415-1718-192021222324-252627-2829CorfuThe ferry will arrive in the morning and you’ll have three blissful days to enjoy the Mediterraneandelights of Corfu! Relax on the beach, bask in the glorious Greek sunshine, get into the water sports,climb the hills of the village and wander the charming whitewashed streets. Three days to do nothingbut shop ‘til you drop, eat mouth watering olives and soak up the rays in this simmering paradise.Sign me up! (3B, 2D)Corfu / VenicePrepare your sea legs as you voyage to enchanting Venice. On Day 16, you’ll arrive in the evening andhave the next day to meander through the tight alleyways and canals to find grand squares, art-filledpalazzos and quirky markets; see the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square, pluswhy not take an optional gondola ride through the canals? (3B, D)Venice / ViennaHeading north towards Austria’s classy capital of Vienna, you will pass the remarkable DolomiteMountains and witness countless towering peaks, peaceful valleys and scattered villages alongthe way. There is plenty to see in this hub of cultural delights so hit the cafés tonight for sometraditional strudel and schnaps. On Day 19, waltz your way through a morning city tour and in theafternoon encounter its wealth of parks and incredible Baroque architecture and see the Schönbrunnand Hofburg Palaces, the Gothic masterpiece St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the State Opera House. (2B)Vienna / Cesky Krumlov / PragueMake your way into the Bohemian Czech Republic today and stop at the UNESCO World Heritagelisted town of Ceský Krumlov. A fairytale-like town divided by the Vltava River, it’s full of Baroquebuildings housing cafés and bars and features a spectacular castle and Old Town square. Continue onto Prague and discover why it’s called the ‘city of a thousand spires.’ (B, D)PragueToday, don’t leave a cobble untrodden as you weave your way through the intriguing streets ofPrague’s Old Town, see the infamous astrological clock, Wenceslas Square, wander over the CharlesBridge full of street vendors and visit Hradcany Castle. Discover Gothic architecture, cheap anddelicious beer and bohemian crystal beads. (B)Prague / MunichHeading into Germany, you will make a sombre visit to the Dachau concentration camp memorial andthen on to beer-loving Munich. Explore the city’s cultural side and uncover world-class museums, theGlockenspiel and Marienplatz, as well as traditional food and Bavarian beer gardens! (B)Munich / Austrian TyrolTravel through the pristine Alps as you make your way to the quaint Alpine village of Hopfgarten. Setyour wild side free and take on the Tyrol’s heart-stopping adrenalin activities that are on offer! Thisevening you have a special stop over at a traditional Austrian gasthof. (B, D)Austrian Tyrol / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss AlpsA quick lunch stop in Liechtenstein, and why not enjoy it in the shadow of the Royal Family’s 12thCentury castle? It’s then on to lakeside Lucerne where you can stroll across the wooden bridge beforereaching the incredible Swiss Alps where you will be staying in a traditional Swiss chalet. On Day 25,you can choose to take the cog railway to the top of Jungfrau Mountain. (2B, 2D)Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine ValleyMore mountain scenery as you travel back into Germany and make a stop in picturesque Heidelberg,famous for its large student population and medieval castle. It’s then on to the charming wine villagesof the Rhine Valley where you will learn how beer steins are crafted. (B, D)Rhine Valley / AmsterdamFamed for its liberal thinking and bicycle riding culture, Amsterdam is a true European wonder. Pedalpast windmills, visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house. On Day 28, explore boutiques, museumsand hang out at the cool cafés. In the evening, take an optional canal cruise with drinks to explorethe city’s elegant waterways by night. Tonight’s farewell is bound to be a great party at one of thecity’s notoriously fun nightclubs! (2B, D)Amsterdam / LondonSay goodbye to your new mates and take the morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival10am), extend your stay in Amsterdam or return to London with the complimentary transfer. (B)55


EUROPEAN ADVENTURERLondon or Paris Amsterdam or LondonEUROPEAN TOURINGNORTH SEAIRISH SEAGERMANYNETHERLANDSEdamENGLAND2AmsterdamLondon DoverRuhr Valley1CalaisSt Goar RhineENGLISH CHANNELValleyValley of the Somme Heidelberg3Versailles Paris Munich 1 Tyrol2ViennaBurgundy Region2LiechtensteinLake Bled2 Lucerne2 Swiss Verona1ChâteauLjubljana2de CruixAlpsVeniceApennine MountainsFRANCE Arles21PisaZadarFlorence2 MonacoPyreneesSplit 2 DubrovnikFrenchMountains Riviera2Rome2Vatican Mt. Vesuvius 1BarcelonaCityDurresPompeii BariSPAIN1Preveza11 AthensPatrasMEDITERRANEAN SEACorinth 3MykonosIONIAN SEA CanalBLACK SEAHighlights• Chill in a 16th Century French château• Sample divine Italian pizza and pasta• Party it up on a Mykonos beach• Check out the Albanian coast• Admire the view in historic Dubrovnik• Explore Ljubljana’s quirky Old Town• Drink Bavarian beer in Munich• Stroll the canals of AmsterdamDepartures 2015START FINISHApr 14 May 20May 08 Jun 13May 22 Jun 27START FINISHJun 12 Jul 18Jun 26 Aug 01Jul 17 Aug 22START FINISHAug 15 Sep 20Aug 29 Oct 04Sep 01 Oct 07Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: French château(2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet(2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (12nts), hostels (9 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt)Transport: Air con coach with power points forcharging, ferry crossings Meals: 36 breakfasts,1 picnic lunch, 22 dinners Group Leader: TripManager & Driver, on-site teams at villagesand special stopovers group Group Size: Max53 Tour Code: COCCPBYou might likeOur Top Optional Activities:• See a flamenco show in Barcelona• Mountain bike in the Austrian Tyrol• Cog railway ride to the spectacular summitof the Jungfrau Mountain• Enjoy an island cruise and swimming inDubrovnikTravel along some of the world’s most impressive coastlines as you follow the sunshinealong the Mediterranean from Barcelona to the French Riviera and from Italy all the wayto the Greek Islands and Croatia. Enormous, stupendous and totally exciting! This 37-dayadventure takes you through no fewer than 17 countries. Party goers, glamour queens,history buffs and culture vultures will all find your niche as you tackle the best of Europeplus a few lesser-known gems. This is simply the best way to see the most of Europewithout wasting a moment!DAY0102-0304-0506-0708-0910-1112-1314-15ITINERARYLondon / ParisMeet up with your crew and travel buddies before ferrying across the English Channel and pastinfamous World War I battlefields to Paris (or join the tour later this afternoon in Paris). This evening,enjoy a special ‘Paris by Night’ (Champagne and escargot included!) city tour taking in a twilight viewof the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs Élysées and Notre Dame Cathedral. (D)ParisYou have two full days to immerse yourself in the sophisticated Parisian culture and be swept awayby the history and romance of it all. Paris is absolutely brimming with classic and contemporary artgalleries, bistros and patisseries, funky music venues, pristine parks, glamorous people and that’s noteven mentioning the usual Paris postcard spots! After a quick latté and a trip to the Louvre, see theVersailles Palace, the impressive home of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV. (2B, D)Paris / Beaujolais Wine RegionTravel past the vineyards of Burgundy’s wine country to your special stopover at a 16th Centurychâteau! Indulge in a cellar wine tasting session with a local expert, and sample the local Beaujolaiswine. On Day 5, you have the whole day to relax and immerse yourself in the rural French countrysideas you wish. Enjoy a delicious French picnic, followed by a spot of chilling by the pool! (2B, L, 2D)Beaujolais Wine Region / BarcelonaTake in passing views of the Pyrenees as you head into Spain and on to the red-hot city of Barcelona.A big day on Day 7 as you aim to take in all the sights; see Gaudi’s masterpiece the Sagrada Familia,wander the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. If you’re after some beach time, grab your swimmers andchill out with the gorgeous local crowd. As the sun goes down, Barcelona’s passion and zest for lifeignites! Head to an optional flamenco show and sample some local tapas. (2B, D)Barcelona / French RivieraEnjoy the scenic drive through Provence, along the ruggedly beautiful Côte d’Azur as you headtowards the decadent French Riviera. Don your finest, as you head to Monte Carlo to see the RoyalPalace and visit a grand casino. Keep your eyes open for fashionable celebs out and about! (2B, 2D)French Riviera / Verona / VeniceToday, cross the Italian border for a stop in the fair city of Verona to see Romeo and Juliet’s famousbalcony before heading off to tonight’s enchanting destination; Venice. On Day 11, lose yourselfin the ‘Floating City’; follow its labyrinth of canals to find all the highlights. Explore the shops andpalazzos, sip prosecco at a local bar and take an optional gondola ride through the canals. (2B, 2D)Venice / FlorenceWind through the Apennine Mountains and Tuscan countryside to the Renaissance city of Florence,with a snap-happy stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. A local of the city will divulge historic,architectural and artistic tales of the city on a walking tour, taking in sights such as the Duomo,Basilica Santa Croce and Giotto’s Bell Tower along the way. Explore the art-filled streets, take a walkalong the Arno River and sip Chianti wine until your heart’s content. (2B, D)Florence / RomeToday you’re turning Roman! Get to grips with all the sights like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum,the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon on tonight’s walking tour. On Day 15, a stroll through thestreets will reveal layers of history with lots of hidden alleys, squares and piazzas. Later, there’s achance to delve into history with a tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. (2B, D)56


FR$5,85937 DAYSMykonos, GreeceEUROPEAN TOURINGBarcelona, SpainAmsterdam, HollandLauterbrunnen, Switzerland16-1718-2021-2223-2425-2627-2829-303132-333435-3637Rome / AthensPass gritty Naples, see Mt. Vesuvius and plunge into Pompeii’s well-preserved past in an optionaltour of its lost city and ruins. It’s then onto the overnight ferry bound for Greece. On arrival intomythological Athens, you’ll learn about the birthplace of modern society on a locally-guided tour ofthe Acropolis and Parthenon, as well as heading to the site of the first modern Olympics. (2B)Athens / MykonosJump on the ferry to the idyllic Greek Shangri-La of Mykonos! Unwind for a few days in this Aegeanparadise with its azure seas, golden beaches and young, vibrant party culture. Take a trip intoMykonos Town and see the famous windmills and traditional Cycladic-style houses. (3B, D)Mykonos / Preveza / DurresBack to Greece’s mainland and make your way through mountains to the coastal fishing town ofPreveza. On Day 22, travel into Albania, which promises mind-blowing scenery scattered with theremains of Cold War bunkers – a sad reminder of its recent past. Later on, travel along the AdriaticCoast to Durres. (2B, 2D)Durres / DubrovnikSticking to the shoreline, continue through Montenegro to the spectacular Croatian town ofDubrovnik. You’ll have a full day to explore the walled city, trying delicious seafood and walking itshistoric streets. (2B, D)Dubrovnik / Split / Zadar / LjubljanaMove up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split to see Diocletian’s Palace, and then travelon to the buzzing seaside city, Zadar. On Day 26, travel on to Slovenia’s colourful capital of Ljubljanawith its alternative youth and student culture. Check out the castle, its delightful Old Town and thecity emblem, the dragon. (2B, D)Ljubljana / ViennaSkirt past picture-perfect Lake Bled on the road to cultural Vienna. Later on, you have the chance toexperience Vienna’s musical legacy with a Mozart and Strauss concert in one of the city’s imperialpalaces. On Day 28, soak up Viennese culture at its finest on a morning tour. Tick-off the famousOpera House, the Gothic masterpiece of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Schönbrunn Palace. (2B)Vienna / Austrian TyrolYou’ll be blown away by the stunning scenery of the Alps en route to a Tyrolean gasthof. It’s time tochoose your adventure on Day 30; go tandem paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. (2B, 2D)Austrian Tyrol / MunichStart the day with some whitewater rafting in an adrenalin-pumping optional activity on theriver before winding down out of the mountains towards lively Munich. Be sure to check out theGlockenspiel and Marienplatz too. Later on, enjoy entertainment in true Bavarian style, over a fewsteins in the beer halls of course. (B)Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss AlpsYou’ll have a stop in Liechtenstein before heading to stunning Lucerne. Stroll across the woodenbridge and shop for some tempting Swiss chocolates. Tonight’s special stopover is in a typicallyquaint Swiss village, nestled in the Alps. On Day 33, opt to take the cog railway train to the top ofJungfrau Mountain if you’ve ever wanted to know what being on top of the world feels like. (2B, 2D)Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine ValleyEnjoy more mountain scenery as you travel back into Germany today and make a stop in picturesqueHeidelberg. It’s then on to the wine villages of the Rhine Valley where you’ll learn how to craft a beerstein. (B, D)Rhine Valley / AmsterdamPrepare for a final burst of fun as you head for Amsterdam. Bicycles, café culture, museums,windmills and canals are all waiting to be discovered. You’ll even get to visit a cheese farm and clogmaker’s house. On Day 35, the city is yours to roam free and get under the skin of the ‘Dam. Foryour last night with your group, take an optional canal cruise and then party in one of the manynightclubs. (2B, D)Amsterdam / LondonAfter saying your sad farewells take a morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am),extend your stay in Amsterdam or take the complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)57


ULTIMATE EUROPEANLondon or Paris Amsterdam or LondonEUROPEAN TOURINGIRISH SEAENGLANDENGLISH CHANNELATLANTICOCEANSPAINFRANCENORTH SEAGERMANYEdamRuhr ValleyDoverCalaisSt GoarValley of the Somme HeidelbergLondon3VersaillesFontainebleauBurgundy RegionChâteaude CruixPyreneesMountains2Paris22AmsterdamSwissAlpsArles22FrenchRivieraMEDITERRANEAN SEA1PisaMonacoRhineValleyLiechtensteinLucerneVeronaITALYCZECHREPUBLICVatican CityPompeiiADRIATICSEAPOLANDMunichViennaTyrol BudapestVeniceFlorenceRomeBarcelona Bari21 122Appenine Mountains22HUNGARYCorfuIONIAN SEA21ROMANIABelgradeSofiaBELARUSBelarusUkraineUKRAINEBLACK SEAGallipoliTroyThermopylaeCanakkaleCorinthCanal1Kavala211Athens3IstanbulTURKEYHighlights• Stay in a 16th Century French château• Drive along the glittering Côte d’Azur• Explore Venice’s labryinth of canals• See Rome’s awe-inspiring Colosseum• Soak up the sunshine in Corfu• Pay tribute to heroes at ANZAC Cove• Marvel at Istanbul’s Blue Mosque• Visit lesser-known Serbia & BulgariaDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMar 28 May 11Apr 12 May 26May 10 Jun 23STARTFINISHJun 07 Jul 21Jun 28 Aug 11Jul 19 Sep 01STARTFINISHAug 07 Sep 20Aug 16 Sep 29Aug 23 Oct 06Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: French château(2 nts), Austrian gasthof (2 nts), Swiss chalet(2 nts), village cabins (8 nts), hotels (25 nts- Greece) (24 nts - Egypt), hostels (4 nts),overnight ferry (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt -Egypt) Transport: Air con coach with powerpoints for charging, ferry crossings, return airtransfer (Egypt) Meals: 44 breakfasts, 1 picniclunch, 24 dinners (Greece), 27 dinners (Egypt)Group Leader: Trip Manager & Driver, on-siteteams at villages and special stopovers GroupSize: Max 53 Tour Code: COCUEG (Greece) /COCCUE (Egypt)You might likeOur Top Optional Activities:• Walking tour of Pompeii’s ancient city• See the Santorini sunset at the clifftopvillage of Oia (Greece option)• Groove away belly-dancing in Istanbul• Whitewater rafting in the beautifulAustrian TyrolWhatever your idea of ‘big’, this mega-adventure will redefine it - it’s huge! This ultimatetour will have you travelling through the summer months and staying in anything from anAustrian gasthof to a charming Swiss chalet. From the decadence and dazzle of Paris to thedreamy, sun-soaked islands of Greece and from the ragged eastern charm of Belgrade to theancient monuments of Rome. You’ll see some awe-inspiring sights, from the Leaning Towerof Pisa to the ancient Acropolis in Athens. Tick off an unbelievable 16 different countriesover 45 days (or 17 if you go for the Egypt option!). Get ready for a life-defining trip!DAY0102-0304-0506-0708-0910-1112-1314-1516-1819ITINERARYLondon / ParisHead across the English Channel, via the Valley of the Somme, towards cosmopolitan Paris. Lamp-litbridges and cool little cafés give you a real taste of Paris’ history and romance. Later on you’ll get tosee the city’s famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe illuminated by night. (D)ParisDiscover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quarters, experiencing all theFrench capital is famous for. You’ll also enjoy a trip to see Versailles Palace, home of the ‘Sun King’Louis XIV. (2B, D)Paris / Beaujolais Wine RegionWeave through wine country and stay at a 16th Century château amidst Beaujolais vineyards. Relaxand immerse yourself in the rural countryside. Enjoy a scenic picnic and unwind poolside. (2B, L, 2D)Beaujolais Wine Region / BarcelonaTravel south across the Pyrenees and towards flamboyant Barcelona! Day 7 allows you to uncoverGaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, amble through the Gothic Quarter and along Las Ramblas.Tonight, opt in for a colourful flamenco show, outdoor squares, Catalan cuisine and sangria! (2B, D)Barcelona / French RivieraPass through rugged Provence to the Côte d’Azur where you’ll hit the palm-fringed beaches of theFrench Riviera. Stroll the glam promenade of Nice in your quest to celeb spot. Later, head to MonteCarlo to see the Royal Palace and visit a casino as you rub shoulders with the high-rollers. (2B, 2D)French Riviera / VeniceToday you are Italia bound! Explore the backstreets and maze of canals of the enchanting city ofVenice to find sights such as the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square. Top it offwith some delicious Italian food al fresco style and opt in for a gondola cruise of the canals. (2B, 2D)Venice / Pisa / FlorenceHit the road again and this time you’re headed for the Tuscan sweetheart; Florence. On the way makea photo stop in Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower. On Day 13, stroll with a local guide and marvelat the city where Renaissance masterpieces, music and happy people fill the busy squares. (2B, D)Florence / RomeCiao bella Roma! Step back in time as you witness the presence of the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain,the Pantheon and Piazza Navona on a walking tour. On Day 15, there’s a chance to delve into historywith a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. (2B, D)Rome / CorfuToday you’ll pass Naples and glimpse Mt. Vesuvius, then have the chance to tour Pompeii’s ancientruins, where a local guide will help you to retrace ancient history. All before taking the overnight ferrybound for the Greek paradise of Corfu. Immediately you’ll find yourself on ‘local time’, browsing themarkets of the UNESCO-listed Old Town and bargaining with the locals. Be consumed by sun-soakedbeaches, thrill-seeking watersports and checking out a local taverna or two. (3B, D)Corfu / AthensLeave Corfu behind you and head over the Corinth Canal to the mythological city of Athens. (B, D)58


GREEK ISLAND OPTION FR $7,325 / EGYPT OPTION FR $7,69945 DAYSCorfu, GreeceContiki’s Chateau de Cruix, FranceEUROPEAN TOURINGSagrada Familia, BarcelonaGrand Bazaar, Istanbul20-2223-262728-2930-3132-3334-353637-3940-414243-45GREEK ISLANDS OPTIONAthens / IosStep back in time to Athens; the birthplace ofdemocracy. Learn about the Parthenon and theAcropolis from a local and wander around themarble columns. Later on, board the ferry andcruise to the gem of Ios. On Day 21, grab acocktail and chill by the pool or hit the sublimebeaches. Let loose and join the outdoor party inthe squares and lanes; after all Ios is known asthe ultimate party island! (3B)Ios / Santorini / AthensAs stunning proof of a volcanic eruption,Santorini will make your jaw drop with its beauty.Check out blue-domed, whitewashed buildings,opt to boat out to the volcanic island of NeaKameni, or relax on the black or red volcanic sandbeaches. On Day 26 bid farewell to paradise andhead for Athens. (4B)EGYPT OPTIONAthens / Cairo / AswanExplore Athens’ ancient sights, history andgritty urban soul, the true picture of all thingsGreek, before your flight to Egypt that afternoon.Chaotic Cairo will show you its iconic Sphinx andthe Pyramids of Giza, before you head to Aswan,which offers laid-back African culture. Explorevibrant markets, walk along the Nile or hop on afelucca and drift out to the Botanical Gardens.(3B, D)Aswan / Luxor / Red Sea / Cairo / AthensOn Day 23 opt in for a trip to Abu Simbel,another UNESCO World Heritage site. Next up:Luxor, where you’ll visit the Valley of the Kings.From Hurghada on Day 25 discover pristinebeaches and coral reefs, swim or head out ontothe Red Sea with an optional cruise. On Day 26you’ll fly back to Athens. (4B, 2D)Athens / KavalaJourney along Greek coastline, past Mt. Olympus, to harbourside Kavala for some Greek food. (B, D)Kavala / Canakkale / IstanbulToday, ferry across the Dardanelles towards the port city of Canakkale, with a stop in Troy. OnDay 29, make a pilgrimage through the historic World War I battlefields at Gallipoli en route to thecultural melting pot of Istanbul. (2B, D)IstanbulSavour the incredible mosaic of sights in this diverse city where east literally meets west. Explore themagnificent Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar with a knowledgable local guide. (2B, D)Istanbul / Sofia / BelgradeJaunt the plains of Bulgaria to Sofia, a city with a curious blend of socialist heritage and modernEuropean living. Head into Serbia where you’ll uncover the rugged charm of Belgrade. (2B, 2D)Belgrade / BudapestTravelling north along the Danube River you’ll find yourself in a true Eastern jewel, Budapest. Getacquainted with the sights on a city tour taking in the twin cities Buda and Pest, Fisherman’s Bastion,the Royal Palace and Church of St. Matthias. Oh yeah and its buzzing arts, café and music scene! (2B)Budapest / ViennaArrive into the cultural heavyweight of Vienna. Here you’ll have the chance to explore the historichome of the Habsburg Empire; see the Hofburg and Schönbrunn Palaces and elegant Opera House. (B)Vienna / Austrian Tyrol / MunichYou’re headed into the Alps today where you’ll stay at a traditional Tyrolean gasthof. Well known asan adventure hub, you’ll have the chance to try paragliding, whitewater rafting or mountain biking. OnDay 39, you’ll meet Munich to see its glockenspiel and enjoy a few steins in the beer cellars. (3B, 2D)Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss AlpsMake a stop in Liechtenstein and then stroll across the wooden bridge in lakefront Lucerne beforecontinuing to a typical Swiss village. On Day 41, opt to ride the Jungfrau cog railway. (2B, 2D)Swiss Alps / Heidelberg / Rhine ValleyHead back into Germany for a stop in Heidelberg, famous for its large student population andmedieval castle. Next, head for the Rhine Valley where you’ll learn how beer steins are crafted. (B, D)Rhine Valley / Amsterdam / LondonYou’re on the home stretch and headed for Amsterdam to visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house.Explore the Dutch capital’s museums and cafés before an optional canal cruise and a last night party.On Day 45, transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or back to London. (3B, D)59


CORINTHCANALEUROPEANMAGICFR$1,645London or Amsterdam Paris or London 9 DAYSEASTERNROCKERFR$1,199London or Amsterdam Vienna 8 DAYSEUROPEAN TOURINGInnsbruck, AustriaHighlights• Party in Amsterdam and explore Munich by bike• Admire the breathtaking Alpine scenery of the Swiss Alps• Check out the Parisian skyline from the top of the Eiffel TowerTV Tower, BerlinHighlights• Pedal past Edam’s windmills and sample local cheese (summer only)• Uncover some of Berlin’s über-trendy cafés and cutting-edge bars• Wander Prague’s maze of cobbled streets and finish with a cool beerDAY0102-0304-0506ITINERARYLondon / AmsterdamAs you ferry across the Channel, via Belgium, you will arrive into thequirky Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Tonight, venture out and see thecity’s canals and gable houses illuminated on an optional canal cruise.Top it off by experiencing some of the city’s outlandish nightlife! (D)Amsterdam / Rhine Valley / MunichYou could hire a bike today to explore Amsterdam’s cobbled streetsand elegant waterways, before weaving through valleys dotted withvineyards and castles as you head to the Rhine Valley, where you canenjoy optional wine tasting in a historic cellar. On Day 3, head forMunich, home of Oktoberfest and authentic beer halls. (2B, D)Munich / Innsbruck / VeniceWind through the Bavarian Alps and stop in Innsbruck to see thefamous Golden Roof. It’s then on to Venice; the ‘Floating City’. Takea day to explore its maze of canals and alleys to stumble upon suchsights as the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Square. (2B, D)Venice / LucerneCatch a glimpse of Lake Como as you head over the border intoSwitzerland and continue on to lakeside stunner; Lucerne. (B, D)DAY0102-030405-06ITINERARYLondon / AmsterdamCatch the ferry across the Channel to the colourful canal-lined city ofAmsterdam (via Belgium). (D)Amsterdam / BerlinAbsorb the Dutch way of life in Amsterdam and pedal past windmillsin Edam (summer only), where you’ll check out a local cheese farmand traditional clog maker’s house. On Day 3, motor down theautobahn to Berlin and indulge in this cutting-edge city’s explodingbar scene. (2B, D)BerlinRelish in Berlin’s fusion of all things old and new in this everchangingcity. Delve into its depths and learn about Germany’sdarker past. Be inspired by Berlin’s creative scene, not missing itseclectic mix of galleries and the graffiti-covered Berlin Wall. Also seeCheckpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and the historic Reichstag! (B)Berlin / Dresden / PragueAs you venture south towards Prague, stop off to admire the rebuiltBaroque architecture of Dresden. Get acquainted with Prague’smedieval streets, daunting Gothic architecture and tasty beer. (2B, D)07-0809Lucerne / ParisPass through the Burgundy wine region to the ‘City of Lights’.Tonight, you’ll enjoy an illuminated ‘Paris by Night’ city tour. Day 8 isyours to explore all that Paris has to offer. (2B, D)Paris / LondonMorning transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival10am) or take a complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)07-08Prague / ViennaTravel through the Czech countryside to Austria and its capital,Vienna, to immerse yourself in all things Viennese. See themagnificent Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and drivealong the historic Ring Road. Your trip concludes on Day 8, butif you’re not ready to go home, why not continue to Rome on theEastern Trail? (2B)InclusionsTrip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Air con coach withpower points for charging, ferry crossingsMeals: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader:Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service chargesincluded Tour Code: COBBHH / COWWHHDepartures 2015/16Jan-Mar,Oct-DecApr-SepSelected SaturdaysSelected SundaysScotlandIRISH SEANORTH SEAMEDITERRANEAN SEABALTICSEAAmsterdamLondon 1 GERMANYDover1CalaisRhineValley2 Paris1Munich1Lucerne InnsbruckSwiss Alps Lake 2FRANCE Como VeniceADRIATICSEASPAINITALYInclusionsTrip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Hostels (5 nts),hotels (2 nts) Transport: Air con coach withpower points for charging, ferry crossingsMeals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader:Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service chargesincluded Tour Code: COCCLV / COWWLVDepartures 2015/16Jan-May,Aug-NovJun-Jul, DecSelected SaturdaysSelected Saturdays & MondaysATLANTICOCEANNORTHSEAAmsterdam2London Edam2 BerlinDoverDresdenCalais Prague 2FRANCEMEDITERRANEANSEAITALY1BALTICSEAViennaADRIATICSEAAdditional departure dates are available, please ask for details.Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.60


EUROPEAN DISCOVERYLondon or Amsterdam Paris or LondonFR$2,09512 DAYSHighlights• Delve into Amsterdam’s nightlife• Tour Munich’s best bits by bike• Explore the canals of Venice• Enjoy delicious gelato in Rome• Go leather goods shopping in Florence• Indulge with Swiss chocs in Lucerne• Admire Paris from the Eiffel Tower• Wind along the scenic River RhineDepartures 2015/16START FINISHJan 06 Jan 17Jan 11 Jan 22Jan 27 Feb 07Feb 17 Feb 28Mar 10 Mar 21Mar 24 Apr 04Mar 26 Apr 06Apr 16 Apr 27May 02 May 13May 09 May 20May 16 May 27May 23 Jun 03Jun 04 Jun 15Jun 11 Jun 22Jun 16 Jun 27Jun 18 Jun 29Jun 23 Jul 04Jun 25 Jul 06START FINISHJul 02 Jul 13Jul 04 Jul 15Jul 09 Jul 20Jul 11 Jul 22Jul 16 Jul 27Jul 21 Aug 01Jul 25 Aug 05Aug 06 Aug 17Aug 15 Aug 26Aug 22 Sep 02Sep 03 Sep 14Sep 08 Sep 19Sep 17 Sep 28Sep 22 Oct 03Sep 24 Oct 05Oct 01 Oct 12Oct 15 Oct 26Oct 17 Oct 28START FINISHOct 27 Nov 07Nov 03 Nov 14Nov 17 Nov 28Nov 29 Dec 10Dec 06 Dec 17Dec 12 Dec 23Dec 20 Dec 31Dec 28 Jan 08Dec 30 Jan 102016Jan 05 Jan 16Jan 10 Jan 21Jan 26 Feb 06Feb 16 Feb 27Mar 08 Mar 19Mar 22 Apr 02Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.Paris, FranceIf holidays were like courses at a dinner party, the European Discovery would be theappetiser. Eight countries in 12 days gives you a taste of all the big cities plus some out-ofthe-wayplaces too! Starting in Amsterdam kick things off in one of Europe’s biggest partycapitals. It’s non-stop from here on as you experience a wonderful mix of culture, sights andfun. Head to the breathtaking heights of the Swiss Alps, eat your way through the menu inItaly before winding up in chic Paris. All this and lots more plus some pretty awesome hotelsas well. Why not, you’re on vacation after all!EUROPEAN TOURINGENGLISHCHANNELInclusionsTrip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hotels (11 nts) Transport: Air con coach withpower points for charging, ferry crossingsMeals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners GroupLeader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size:Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes andservice charges are included Tour Code:COBBHD / COWWHWENGLANDLondonDoverCalaisNORTHSEAYou might likeAmsterdam1GERMANYRuhr ValleyRhineValleyValley of the Somme2 Paris1MunichBurgundy Region1 Tyrol1LucerneSwiss AlpsBrenner PassLake Como1 VeniceFRANCEApennineMountainsFlorence 1MEDITERRANEANSEA1ADRIATICSEAITALY2 RomeVatican CityOur Top Optional Activities• Evening canal cruise in Amsterdam• Gondola ride through romantic Venice• Entrance to Florence’s top nightclub• Cabaret show and dinner in ParisDAY01020304-0506-0708-091011-12ITINERARYLondon / AmsterdamGlimpse the White Cliffs of Dover and get to know your trip buddies as you cross the Channel to thefree-wheeling city of Amsterdam where tonight, you can see the illuminated canals and gable houseson an optional cruise with drinks. Afterwards, check out the eye-opening Red Light District! (D)Amsterdam / Rhine ValleyDelve a little deeper into Amsterdam’s exciting culture; hit the museum quarter or sip coffee canalsidewith the trendy locals. Weave your way along the River Rhine with its charming wine villages andold-time German atmosphere for an optional master class in wine tasting in a historic cellar. (B, D)Rhine Valley / MunichToday, you’re off to discover the delights of Munich, the Bavarian capital and home to the worldfamousOktoberfest! On arrival, enjoy a sightseeing bike tour, taking in the historic Glockenspiel andtonight, head to one of the many lively beer halls to sample traditional Bavarian food and beer! (B)Munich / Austrian Tyrol / VeniceDrive through stunning Alpine scenery to a year-round adventure resort in the Austrian Tyrol, hometo meadows and grazing pastures in summer and exciting ski resorts in the winter. Don’t waste timesitting about indoors, get out and experience it all for yourself! Cross the dramatic Brenner Pass intoItaly to see all the sights in the ‘Floating City’ of Venice. Enjoy a private boat ride through the canalsand out to the historic islands of the Venetian Lagoon. (2B, D)Venice / RomeCriss-cross your way through the Apennine Mountains to Rome, home to iconic sights such as theColosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica. Get some insider knowledge with an optional locally-guided tourof the Vatican Museum. Lose yourself in the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash pasttimeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafés and bars. (2B, D)Rome / Florence / LucerneToday, travel past cypress and olive trees to the Renaissance city of Florence. Admire the scenestealingDuomo, which rises above the city. Get the inside track on Florence’s cultural beginnings froma local guide as you explore streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Chooseto indulge in an authentic feast in the heart of the Tuscan hills. On Day 9, hop across the borderto the Swiss city of Lucerne which boasts a lakeside setting, a 14th Century wooden bridge andgorgeous medieval buildings. Choose an optional cruise on its lovely lake. (2B)Lucerne / ParisDrive through the rolling vineyards of the Burgundy wine region to glittering Paris and kick-start youradventures with a tour of the ‘City of Lights’. See some of the world’s most-recognised monuments,like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, before discovering the bohemian cafés of the Maraisand Bastille districts or the nightlife of studenty Montparnasse. (B, D)Paris / LondonThis morning, pick up the latest fragrances with a visit to a French perfumery, then get busyexploring the city’s many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quarters. Tonight is thelast night with your friends, so why not treat yourself to an optional cabaret experience, completewith can-can girls, dinner and Champagne? On Day 12, the tour comes to an end with a transfer backto Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or a complimentary transfer back to centralLondon (2B)61


MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTSRome MadridFR$2,09513 DAYSHighlights• Learn to make Italian pizza in Rome• See the remarkable Sistine Chapel• Explore Florence’s Renaissance streets• Sip Chianti in picture-perfect Tuscany• See Cinque Terre’s stunning coast• Dine like the locals in a French bistro• Wander in the Spanish Royal Palace• Try tapas and sangria in BarcelonaEUROPEAN TOURINGDepartures 2015START FINISHMay 04 May 16Jun 01 Jun 13Jun 22 Jul 04START FINISHJul 06 Jul 18Jul 20 Aug 01Aug 10 Aug 22START FINISHSep 07 Sep 19Oct 19 Oct 31Dec 27 Jan 08Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hotels (12 nts) Transport: Air con coachwith power points for charging Meals: 12breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: TripManager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes:Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges areincluded Tour Code: COBBDM / COWWDMATLANTICOCEANPyreneesMountainsZaragoza2MadridSPAINNORTHSEAFRANCEITALYPisa/ItalianCinqueTerre RivieraAvignon1122Monaco FlorenceAix-en-Provence French San GimignanoRiviera Rome22VaticanCityBarcelonaMEDITERRANEANSEAThere is no place better in the scorching summer than the cool coast of the Mediterranean.The beaches are crammed with bronzed bodies and the classy cities and charismatic townsalong the coast swell with al fresco dining, music and happy faces. Beginning in Rome orMadrid, your two-week adventure takes you to all the hotspots along the sun-splashedcoast. Fiery flamenco dancing in Barcelona, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famouson the French Riviera, enjoying the rustic delights of Tuscany, walking in the footsteps ofRoman Emperors and soaking up the addictive Spanish flavour of Madrid. Sheer bliss!DAY01-0203-040506-070809-1011-13ITINERARYRomeStylish Rome oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. So once you have droppedyour bags at the hotel - get out there! Feel free to explore the Colosseum, the Pantheon and PiazzaNavona. This evening, catch up with new friends over dinner. On Day 2, it’s full steam ahead asyou max your time in the ‘Eternal City’. Uncover mysteries of the Vatican on a locally-guided tour,including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. (B, D)Rome / San Gimignano / FlorenceHead into Tuscany and spend the morning in San Gimignano, the stunning hill-top town that is oftendubbed ‘Medieval Manhattan’. Dotted with ancient towers, San Gimignano serves up sweeping viewsover the region’s rolling hills. This evening, pull up into Renaissance Florence and take a stroll aroundthis open-air museum. On Day 4, see the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower and theBaptistry on a locally-guided tour, then set off to explore streets crammed with sacred artworks. (2B)Florence / Pisa / Italian RivieraStop and check out Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower before hitting the UNESCO World Heritage siteof the Cinque Terre, where five colourful villages dot the ragged coastline and walled vineyardsreach down to the water’s edge. The setting is stunning and the local produce is sure to igniteyour tastebuds with its mix of flavours. Cruising along the coast, rub shoulders with the rich andfamous in Portovenere and check out picture-perfect Riomaggiore and Monterosso. Grab a table at abeachfront café and try some mouthwatering pesto or foccacia, best served with a sea view. (B)Italian Riviera / French RivieraFollow the beautiful sapphire waters to sunny Nice. On the way you’ll stop off at a French perfumerytoo. There is plenty of free time on Day 7 for exploration or to sun worship on the beach. Later, visitMonaco and the Royal Palace and try your luck a Monte Carlo casino. (2B, D)French Riviera / Aix-en-Provence / AvignonDrop by stunning Aix-en-Provence for lunch and check out the historic Cours Mirabelle. Avignonwill give you a real taste of the Provençal lifestyle and allow you to investigate its Roman heritage.Wander the cobbled streets or relax with a glass of pastis (aniseed liqueur) within the city’s walls. (B)Avignon / BarcelonaBarcelona is a sizzling, festive city any night of the week, so settle in on one of its outdoor squaresto enjoy a glass of sangria or bar hop your way around the city. On Day 10, hit the streets of LasRamblas, see the amazing Sagrada Familia or hang out in the imaginative gardens of Parc Güell. If it’sthe beach you seek, grab your swimming gear and enjoy the seaside vibes with the locals. End yourtime with an optional dinner and get into the local spirit of things as you watch flamenco. (2B, D)Barcelona / Zaragoza / MadridHeading inland, roll on to the Baroque city of Zaragoza for lunch before heading to Spain’s colourfulcapital. On Day 12, get hooked on Madrid’s spontaneous lifestyle that blends traditional culture withnew vitality. Step into the largest Royal Palace in Europe with a local guide, who will expertly showyou through the lavish state rooms. Tonight’s optional dinner is not to be missed before joining thelocals on a night out in this 24hr city. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 13, when it’s time to sayfarewell to your new friends. (3B, D)62


EUROPEAN ENCOUNTERLondon or Amsterdam Paris or LondonFR$2,68516 DAYSHighlights• See famous sites in Amsterdam• Take in stunning views of Rhine Valley• Admire the scenery of the Swiss Alps• Explore the maze of canals in Venice• Wander the ancient streets of Rome• Be inspired by sacred art in Florence• Chill out on Nice’s pristine beaches• Paris’ vistas from the Eiffel TowerDepartures 2015START FINISH START FINISH START FINISHJan 03 Jan 18 Jun 19 Jul 04 Nov 28 Dec 13Jan 24 Feb 08 Jun 26 Jul 11 Dec 11 Dec 26Feb 21 Mar 08 Jul 03 Jul 18 Dec 29 Jan 13Feb 28 Mar 15 Jul 24 Aug 08 Jan 06 Jan 21Mar 21 Apr 05 Aug 14 Aug 29 Jan 23 Feb 07Apr 17 May 02 Sep 04 Sep 19 Feb 20 Mar 06May 08 May 23 Oct 17 Nov 01 Mar 19 Apr 03May 29 Jun 13 Nov 07 Nov 22Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hotels (15 nts) Transport: Air con coach withpower points for charging, ferry crossingsMeals: 15 breakfasts, 7 dinners GroupLeader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size:Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes andservice charges are included Tour Code:COBBHX / COWWHZNORTH SEAMEDITERRANEANSEAYou might likeDenmarkBALTICSEAGERMANYEdamENGLAND2AmsterdamLondonRuhr Valley1 Dover1RhineCalaisENGLISHValleyCHANNELValley of the Somme2 ParisInnsbruckBurgundy Region Liechtenstein1Lucerne 2FRANCEBrenner PassSwissLyon 1 Alps ITALY 1 VeniceApennine Mountains1PisaAvignonFlorence2MonacoADRIATICFrenchSEARiviera2VaticanCityRomeOur Top Optional Activities:• Go whitewater rafting in Austrian Tyrol• Have an Italian feast in the Tuscan hillsaround Florence• Enjoy a Champagne dinner and cabaretshow in ParisHave you been dreaming of a European holiday that takes in all the magnificent cities thatyou’ve heard everyone rave about? Here it is. Every highlight possible has been packed intothis 16-day itinerary, which starts off in hedonistic Amsterdam where bicycles outnumbercars. You’ll then whisk through Germany and Austria before reaching Italy and its famouscities - the canals of Venice, the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome and the Renaissance sweetheart,Florence. Check out the crystal-clear shores of the glitzy Riviera before hitting Paris with itswide boulevards and chic fashion boutiques. Sounds good to us!DAY01-020304-05060708-091011-121314-1516ITINERARYChapel Bridge, Lucerne, SwitzerlandLondon / AmsterdamFerry across the English Channel to the liberal city of Amsterdam. Check out the eye-opening RedLight District and see its museums and gable houses. Cycle in the cheese village of Edam and see howclogs are traditionally made. This evening float along the city’s canals on an optional cruise. (B, D)Amsterdam / Rhine ValleyCross into Germany to the half-timbered villages of the Rhine Valley. On summer afternoons, relaxwith a glass of wine on a river cruise - dotted with castles and vineyards and lovely scenery. (B, D)Rhine Valley / LucernePassing picture-perfect Alpine scenery on today’s journey will land you nestled in the heart of theSwiss Alps, more specifically in lakeside Lucerne. Here you’ll discover the wooden Chapel Bridge andyou can take an optional excursion up the world’s steepest cog railway to Mt. Pilatus. On Day 5,meander its cobbled lanes and quaint buildings or hit the chic Swiss chocolate shops. (2B, D)Lucerne / Liechtenstein / InnsbruckDetouring for a quick stop in tiny Liechtenstein, it’s then off to find some adventure in the AustrianTyrol where you can choose to go whitewater rafting, before checking out Innsbruck’s Old Townwhere you can see the famous Golden Roof. (B, D)Innsbruck / VeniceWelcome to Italy! Ramble through the ‘Floating City’s’ myriad of alleys and alluring backstreets to becharmed by grand squares and bustling art-filled streets. See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palaceand St. Mark’s Square. Later enjoy an optional gondola ride through the canals. (B)Venice / RomeRome has no end of historic and cultural charm, so don’t miss the iconic Colosseum and Roman Forumbefore you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, or simply people watch (espresso in hand) at PiazzaNavona. Check out St. Peter’s Basilica and opt for a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. (2B, D)Rome / FlorencePass hills, orchards and vineyards on your way to Renaissance Florence. Listen to a local guide asthey show you the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Piazza della Signoria. (B)Florence / Pisa / French RivieraCheck out Pisa’s famous leaning wonder en route to the French Riviera. Stroll the markets, shop theupscale boutiques and sun worship on the beach. Mix with the elite at a Monte Carlo casino! (2B, D)French Riviera / LyonTravel north and enjoy a lunch break in Avignon and check out the Papal Palace before arriving atLyon, France’s second city, capital of gastronomy and UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)Lyon / ParisTravel to the French capital where you’ll have a ‘Paris by Night’ tour taking in the Eiffel Tower, theArc de Triomphe, the Louvre and Notre Dame. On Day 15, indulge in some boutique browsing, bistrodining, sightseeing and absorb the magic of this classy city. (2B, D)Paris / LondonTransfer either to Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or back to central London. (B)EUROPEAN TOURING63


EUROPEAN IMPRESSIONSLondon or Brussels Paris or LondonFR$3,71518 DAYSEUROPEAN TOURINGHighlights• The land of waffles & beer - Brussels• Explore Amsterdam’s Red Light district• Hit the lively beer halls in Munich• Discover Venice’s secret alleyways• Be dazzled by Monaco’s Royal Palace• Sniff out a French perfumery• Try tapas and sangria in Barcelona• Boutique shop ‘til you drop in ParisDepartures 2015START FINISHApr 09 Apr 26May 07 May 24Jun 11 Jun 28Jun 22 Jul 09START FINISHJul 02 Jul 19Jul 09 Jul 26Jul 16 Aug 02Aug 06 Aug 23START FINISHSep 03 Sep 20Sep 24 Oct 11Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.Barcelona, SpainInclusionsTrip Style: Discovey Plus Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hotels (17 nts) Transport: Air con coach withpower points for charging, ferry crossingsMeals: 17 breakfasts, 9 dinners GroupLeader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size:Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes andservice charges included Tour Code: COBBEMLondonENGLISH CHANNEL1SPAINNORTH SEADoverCalaisValley of the Somme2Loire ValleyCarcassonneParisBordeaux211FRANCEBarcelonaAmsterdamBrusselsMEDITERRANEAN SEARuhr ValleyPisaMonacoGERMANYLiechtensteinLucerneInnsbruck2Brenner PassLake GardaSwissAlps2FrenchRiviera1RhineValleyMunichITALYMEDITERRANEANSEAVeniceApennine Mountains212FlorenceADRIATICSEAVenice, ItalyIf you’re keen to try the culinary delights of Europe, the European Impressions is an 18-daywhirlwind of sensory pleasure. It’ll take you to Belgium for waffles, Germany for beer, Italyfor pasta, Spain for tapas, Switzerland for chocolates and France for escargot! Of course,there’s plenty more to do than just eat your way around 10 countries. In between mouthfulsof local delicacies, throw in adventure, history, culture, art, glamour, people-watching,architecture and ancient monuments! From the rolling hills of the Rhine Valley to the sexysizzle of Barcelona, this trip ticks all the boxes. Let the good times roll.DAY01020304-050607-08IONIAN SEA09-1011-121314-1516-18ITINERARYLondon / BrusselsMeet up with everyone in London, cross the Channel, dash through France and head to the land ofchocolate, waffles and beer; Brussels! Be sure not to miss the statue of the Mannekin-Pis and theseriously awesome Grand Place as you go exploring this afternoon. (D)Brussels / AmsterdamA short drive through Belgium and you’re in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. This evening, sip coffee ina cute café, see the gable houses and stroll the Red Light district, experiencing the city’s nightlife! (B)Amsterdam / Rhine ValleyThis morning, explore the flat-as-a-pancake countryside around Amsterdam to visit a cheese farmand clog maker’s house. Later, travel through rolling emerald valleys to the charming wine villages ofthe Rhine Valley. Enjoy the traditional German atmosphere and learn how beer steins are made. (B, D)Rhine Valley / Lucerne / Swiss AlpsA majestic drive takes you to Lucerne where you can stroll over the wooden Chapel Bridge beforeheading into the Alps where you’ll stay in a Swiss mountain hotel. On Day 5, get above it all with oneof the optional adrenalin activites on offer. (2B, 2D)Swiss Alps / Liechtenstein / MunichMore stunning scenery as you cross through tiny Liechtenstein and head for the Bavarian beauty ofMunich. Here you can sample local brews in the famous beer halls and see the Glockenspiel. (B)Munich / Innsbruck / Lake Garda / VeniceA quick stop in Innsbruck to see the Golden Roof and you’re Italy bound. Stop at Sirmione on LakeGarda and then on to Venice. Enjoy the vivacious atmosphere of its grand squares and palazzos, fullof entertainers, cafés and local traders. Grab an espresso in St. Mark’s Square. (2B, D)Venice / Pisa / FlorenceBid farewell to fairytale Venice and make tracks for Florence. On Day 10, a local guide gives you theinside scoop on striking buildings such as the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce and the Baptistry. (2B, D)Florence / French RivieraToday you’ll drive along the Italian coastline towards the disco ball that is the French Riviera, witha quick stop at a perfumery. Visit Monaco’s Royal Palace, a Monte Carlo casino, soak up its goldenrays, unwind with a cocktail, shop its upscale boutiques and mix with the affluent crowd. (2B, D)French Riviera / BarcelonaEnjoy a beautiful drive through rustic Provence and along the Côte d’Azur to Barcelona. (B, D)Barcelona / BordeauxThis city is all about food, fiesta, fashion and fun - with a huge mix of wacky Gaudi and Gothicarchitecture thrown in! Tonight opt in for a sensational flamenco show. On Day 15, feel the glory ofmedieval Carcassonne, one of Europe’s greatest fortress cities, on the way to Bordeaux. (2B)Bordeaux / Paris / LondonZig-zag past rolling vineyards en route to the French capital where you’ll enjoy a ‘Paris by Night’tour, before a full day to explore at your own pace and a last night out with your group. On Day 18,transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or back to central London. (3B, D)64


EUROPEAN VISTALondon or Paris Amsterdam or LondonFR$3,49521 DAYSHighlights• Stroll the bohemian quarters of Paris• Admire the beauty of Lake Lucerne• Glam it up on the French Riviera• Feast on local Tuscan specialities• Wander through the Roman Forum• Taste schnaps and strudel in Vienna• Explore Prague’s charming Old Town• Soak up the laid-back vibe of the DamENGLISH CHANNELATLANTICOCEANSPAINDepartures 2015/16START FINISHJan 05 Jan 25Jan 24 Feb 13Feb 21 Mar 13Mar 21 Apr 10Apr 04 Apr 24May 02 May 22May 23 Jun 12Jun 06 Jun 26Jun 15 Jul 05Jun 22 Jul 12InclusionsNORTH SEAYou might likeSTART FINISHJun 27 Jul 17Jul 04 Jul 24Jul 18 Aug 07Aug 08 Aug 28Aug 22 Sep 11Sep 05 Sep 25Sep 12 Oct 02Sep 19 Oct 09Oct 17 Nov 06Nov 28 Dec 18Pisa2 MonacoFrenchRivieraMEDITERRANEAN SEASTART FINISHDec 12 Jan 01Dec 21 Jan 10Dec 28 Jan 172016Jan 04 Jan 24Jan 23 Feb 12Mar 19 Apr 08Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.Trip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group: Onlyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (20nts) Transport: Air con coach with powerpoints for charging, ferry crossings Meals:20 breakfasts, 11 dinners Group Leader: TripManager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes:Hotel tips, local taxes and service chargesare included. Oct-Mar departures follow amodified itinerary (ask for details). Tour Code:COBBHV / COWWHTADRIATIC SEA2Vatican CityITALYIONIAN SEAIf you’re after a European adventure of history, culture, art and stunning scenery and wantto live it up and stay in comfy hotels, then this trip has your name all over it! With twonightstops in all the best spots you’ll have plenty of time to do things your way. You’llget to explore the chic city streets of Paris and the iconic, laid-back style of Italy. Wanderthe treasure-filled old town of Prague and the cafés of Amsterdam. Let yourself go as youbreathe the fresh Alpine air of the Swiss Alps, saunter the promenade of the French Rivieraand get your adrenalin pumping in the Austrian Tyrol. We promise you, this will be a blast.DAY01-03EdamENGLAND 2 AmsterdamPOLANDLondonGERMANYDoverCalaisRhineValleyPrague12Valley of the Somme2 Paris Munich Dachau1Burgundy RegionLucerne1ViennaTyrolHUNGARY22Swiss Alps Brenner PassFRANCEVenice2Apennine Mountains1FlorenceRomeOur Top Optional Activities• Enjoy a gondola tour of Venice’s canals• Go all arty and highbrow with a Mozartand Strauss concert in Vienna• Take the plunge and try paragliding in theAustrian Tyrol (summer only)04-0708-1112-1415-1718-2021ITINERARYHofburg Palace, ViennaLondon / ParisFerry across the English Channel to France and journey south to Paris or, if you prefer, you can jointhe trip in Paris. Your first day is rounded off with a special ‘Paris by Night’ tour offering a glitteringview of the illuminated city. Spend Day 2 indulging yourself in all that Paris has to offer, visitingworld-class museums and pausing for refreshment at quaint pavement cafés before an optionalcabaret show in the evening. On Day 3, drive through the lush vineyards of Burgundy’s wine countryto cross the border into Switzerland where you’ll spend the night at an Alpine feature hotel. (2B, 2D)Lucerne / French Riviera / Pisa / FlorenceTake a stroll through the cobbled streets of lakefront Lucerne, before heading south across the Alpsfor a glimpse of magical Lake Como before hitting the rugged coastline of the Côte d’Azur and thepalm tree-lined beaches of Nice. Taste the high life with an evening in Monte Carlo. Bid adieu toFrance on Day 7 and head to Renaissance Florence, via the Leaning Tower of Pisa. (4B, 2D)Florence / Rome / VeniceGet under the skin of Florence with a locally-guided tour of the sights. Then it’s on to the EternalCity; Rome, where tonight you can take a walking tour of its sights. On Day 9, delve into history withan optional tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. The journey north starts onDay 10 and you’re headed to Venice where you can explore all the famous sights. Perhaps finish upwith an optional gondola ride through the canals and a cheeky aperitif in St. Mark’s Square. (4B, 2D)Venice / Austrian Tyrol / MunichRelax on the scenic drive as you climb over the Brenner Pass from Italy into Austria to the typicallyTyrolean village of Hopfgarten, known for its adrenalin adventure activities. On Day 14, you’ll headfor the Bavarian capital of Munich, but first, a stop at the very sobering Dachau concentration camp.Munich is waiting to be explored, so head to one of the city’s famous beer halls for some traditionalfood and entertainment. (3B, 2D)Munich / Vienna / PragueLeave the festivities of Bavaria behind and head to Austria’s cultural hub; Vienna. This city was oncethe home of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its rulers endowed the city with a wealth of palacesand cultural traditions. See the magnificent sights such as the grand Schönbrunn Palace, the StateOpera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. On Day 16, travel to Prague and wander over the CharlesBridge, through Hradcany Castle and to the Gothic St. Vitus’ Cathedral. The next day is yours toweave through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and relax in its beer gardens. (3B, D)Prague / Rhine Valley / AmsterdamJourney back into Germany towards the Rhine Valley, an enchanting area full of castles and renownedvineyards dotted with half-timbered, black and white houses full of character and charm. On summerdepartures, you’ll even transfer onto a boat to enjoy a scenic cruise. On Day 19, head into Hollandto the forward-thinking city of Amsterdam to learn some traditional Dutch crafts with a visit to acheese farm and clog maker’s house, followed by an optional evening canal cruise. Hop in the saddleon Day 20 for a ride around Edam and an afternoon at leisure to explore. If you’re up for it, head outto have some fun in a city where the locals are always up for a good night out. (3B, 2D)Amsterdam / LondonThe tour comes to an end after breakfast this morning, and you can choose either to take a transferto Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or a complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)EUROPEAN TOURING65


EUROPEAN TRAILLondon or Amsterdam Paris or LondonEUROPEAN TOURINGIRISH SEAATLANTICOCEANSPAINNORTH SEAENGLAND EdamLondonDoverCalaisValley of the Somme2 ParisFRANCE2Burgundy RegionAmsterdamMEDITERRANEANSEA2SwissAlpsGERMANYITALYPOLANDDresdenKrakowAuschwitz22PragueVeniceBerlinViennaADRIATICPisa 2SEAFlorence ApennineMountainsVatican2City Rome122LakeBled1Ljubljana2BanskaBystricaBudapestROMANIABELARUSUKRAINEHighlights• Get on your bike in Edam• Uncover Berlin’s explosive club scene• Wander the cobbled streets of Prague• Soak up the beauty of Krakow• Alpine views in Slovenia & Switzerland• Enjoy the ‘Dolce Vita’ in Rome• Indulge in divine Swiss chocolate• Be dazzled by Paris’ bright lightsDepartures 2015/16STARTFINISHJan 10 Feb 01Jan 26 Feb 17Feb 21 Mar 15Mar 14 Apr 05Apr 18 May 10May 02 May 24May 09 May 31May 30 Jun 21Jun 06 Jun 28Jun 13 Jul 05Jun 20 Jul 12Jun 22 Jul 14STARTFINISHJun 29 Jul 21Jul 04 Jul 26Jul 06 Jul 28Jul 18 Aug 09Jul 25 Aug 16Aug 01 Aug 23Aug 15 Sep 06Aug 29 Sep 20Sep 12 Oct 04Oct 03 Oct 25Oct 17 Nov 08Oct 31 Nov 22STARTFINISHNov 21 Dec 13Nov 28 Dec 20Dec 12 Jan 03Dec 19 Jan 10Dec 28 Jan 19Dec 30 Jan 212016Jan 09 Jan 31Jan 25 Feb 16Feb 20 Mar 13Mar 12 Apr 03Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hostels (17 nts), hotels (5 nts) Transport:Air con coach with power points for charging,ferry crossings Meals: 22 breakfasts, 10dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & DriverGroup Size: Max 53 Tour Code: COCCEL /COWWELYou might likeShorten This Trip!Eastern Rocker (COWWLV/COCCLV)(London-Vienna, 8 days) Fr $1,199Eastern Trail (COWWVR/COCCVR)(Vienna-Rome, 9 days) Fr $1,310Western Rocker (COWWRT/COCCRT)(Rome-London, 8 days) Fr $1,280Trail to Rome (COWWTR/COCCTR)(London-Rome, 16 days) Fr $2,369Trail to London (COWWVL/COCCVL)(Vienna-London, 16 days) Fr $2,409Indulge in a truly tempting platter of European delights on this 23-day, 13-country journeyacross the continent. You’ll travel from the city of cool, Amsterdam, to the city of über-cool,Berlin; down through the Central European gems of Prague and Vienna; and then head eastto discover the buzzing café scenes in Krakow and Budapest. Soak up the good life in Italy,fill your lungs with pure Alpine air in Switzerland, then put your feet up and watch the worldgo by from a pavement table in Paris. We know you’ll want to do it all, but if time dictatesotherwise, it’s good to know you can also split this tour into handy, pocket-sized sections!DAY010203-04050607-0809-1011ITINERARYLondon / AmsterdamMeet up with your crew and the rest of your group this morning in London and head down to theWhite Cliffs of Dover for your ferry across the English Channel. Travel across Belgium and into theNetherlands to the colourful city of Amsterdam, where it’s also possible to join the trip. (D)AmsterdamAbsorb the Dutch way of life and pedal past windmills in Edam (summer trips only), where you canhappily gorge on its world-famous cheese! Also check out a local cheese farm and traditional clogmaker’s house. Afterwards, unwind in Amsterdam and allow yourself to be consumed by its worldclassmuseums, galleries and cafés to suit all tastes and budgets. (B)Amsterdam / BerlinMotor down the autobahn across northern Germany to its capital city, Berlin. Relish in Berlin’s fusionof all things old and new in this ever-changing metropolis. Delve into its depths and learn aboutGermany’s darker past at the grafitti-covered Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gateand the Reichstag. Be inspired by Berlin’s creative scene and eclectic galleries, clothes shops andmarkets, and indulge in this cutting-edge city’s exploding arts, bars and club scenes. (2B, D)Berlin / Dresden / PragueAs you venture south towards the Czech Republic, stop off for a quick bite to eat and to admire therebuilt Baroque architecture of Dresden, including the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace and OperaHouse. Badly damaged during World War II, this comeback kid of a city has once again earned itsnickname as the ‘Florence of the North’. (B, D)PragueGet yourself acquainted with Prague and its medieval streets, imposing Gothic architecture andabsurdly cheap but delicious beer. Stroll across the Charles Bridge, visit Hradcany Castle or grabyourself a table at a pavement café and watch the hustle and bustle of the Old Town Square. (B)Prague / ViennaTravel through the Czech countryside to Austria’s capital, to immerse yourself in all things Viennese- pastries, schnitzels, waltzes, that sort of thing! See the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, visit theSchatzkammer to see priceless jewels from the golden days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, or treatyourself to a slice of irresistible strudel at one of the city’s coffee shops, imagining yourself as thenext Einstein or Freud! If you find yourself falling under the spell of this cultured city, why not take inan optional music concert, there’s always some Mozart or Strauss being played in Vienna. (2B)Vienna / Auschwitz / KrakowCross back into the Czech Republic and then over the border into Poland for a visit to the sombreconcentration camp memorial at Auschwitz, its name forever etched into world history. Upon arrivalinto the vivacious city of Krakow uncover the effortless beauty of its unspoiled medieval Old Townand browse its lively market stalls. After you have walked the streets, you might like to visit the city’sstunning centrepiece; Wawel Castle and Cathedral. (2B, D)Krakow / BudapestHead south through Slovakia stopping off in the picturesque town of Banska Bystrica, beforecrossing into Hungary to enjoy all the sights and sounds of its capital city, Budapest, known as the‘Paris of the East’. You’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of both parts of the city, taking in the Royal Palace,Chain Bridge and Fisherman’s Bastion. This evening, there’s an optional river cruise and dinner. (B)66


FR$3,33523 DAYSLake Bled, SloveniaVenice, ItalyEUROPEAN TOURINGAmsterdam, HollandBrandenburg Gate, Berlin121314151617-181920212223BudapestWith its buzzing café scene, this gem of a city is divided by the Danube River into hilltop, historicBuda and the bustling modern-day city of Pest. Enjoy a free day to explore at your own pace, don’tmiss the chance for a relaxing soak in one of the city’s thermal baths such as the Gellert, with theirart nouveau stylings, or the fabulous open-air Szechenyi Baths. (B, D)Budapest / LjubljanaToday, you will be Ljubljana-bound! Slovenia’s capital, whose name means ‘beloved’ in the locallanguage, boasts a young, vibrant culture which showcases a hilltop castle as well as a mixed bag ofquirky museums, galleries and atmospheric bars. (B)Ljubljana / VeniceWind through the scenery of the Julian Alps before heading to Venice. The ‘Floating City’ flaunts tightalleyways, canals and gondolas that lead to charming Italian eateries, grand squares and palazzos. (B)Venice / RomeYou’ll cross the Apennine Mountains on today’s drive down to Rome. On arrival into the ‘Eternal City’,see some of the sights including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. With its artisticand architectural treasures, combined with romantic restaurants and chaotic markets, Rome is onecity that sure knows how to impress. (B)RomeTap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ and explore this living museum of monuments and history. You could throwa coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain (ensuring your safe return to the city), saunter tothe top of the Spanish Steps and still have time to admire Rome’s Baroque centrepiece, the PiazzaNavona. After a big day of exploring, do as the locals do and head to the nearest gelateria to samplethis traditional Italian treat before you meet up with the group for tonight’s dinner. (B, D)Rome / FlorenceGet deeper under Rome’s skin and explore the Vatican City (the world’s smallest sovereign state)on an optional tour, where you’ll have the chance to see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.Later today, you will be back on the road, heading through rural Umbria’s rolling hills and terracedvineyards to the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. On Day 18, a local guide (‘Fiorentini’) will giveyou the inside track on some of the city’s striking buildings and sacred art. Be sure to check out theDuomo, Basilica Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria, as well as enjoying a demonstration of thecity’s traditional craft of leather making. (2B, D)Florence / Pisa / Swiss AlpsMake a stop in picturesque Pisa to see its iconic Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente), a genuinelyastonishing sight. En route to the Swiss Alps, you’ll catch a glimpse of magical Lake Como, whoseshores are home to the villas and mansions of the rich and famous. This afternoon, stock up on someirresistible chocolate in the stunning Swiss Alps. (B, D)Swiss AlpsChill out in whichever way your heart desires in the breathtaking Swiss Alps, where there are alwaysplenty of activities on offer, frequently involving crazy trips on mountain railways, near-verticalfuniculars and spectacular cable cars. Camera is 100% essential today. (B, D)Swiss Alps / ParisLeave the luxurious panoramic views of the Alps behind you as you head through the wine-soakedregion of Burgundy to the ‘City of Lights’, Paris. This famously cosmopolitan city is home to atreasure trove of historical sights; the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élyséesand Notre Dame Cathedral, to name but a few! (B, D)ParisIndulge in some more decadent Parisian fun and lose yourself in its beautiful streets, where you’llfind magic, romance and history at every turn. Visit a French perfumery and later on, finish the day inidyllic fashion by joining an optional Parisian dinner followed by a traditional cabaret. (B)Paris / LondonYour tour ends in Paris this morning, so its time to bid ‘adieu’ to your travelling companions. You canalternatively choose to take a complimentary transfer to end your trip back in central London. (B)Zwinger Museum, Dresden67


EUROPEAN QUESTLondon or Paris Amsterdam or LondonIRISH SEAENGLANDLondonNORTH SEAAmsterdam2GERMANYBerlin2POLANDBELARUS2PragueEUROPEAN TOURINGATLANTICOCEANSPAINParisBordeaux1SanSebastián222FRANCEBarcelonaVeronaCinque Terre2NiceMEDITERRANEANSEA11Florence22Rome1SalzburgVeniceADRIATICSEAITALY2SorrentoHigHlights• See Paris at night on an exclusive tour• Stand in awe of La Sagrada Familia• Live it up in glamorous Monaco• Take in Florence’s iconic hotspots• Pose by Juliet’s balcony in Verona• Ride a gondola on Venice’s canals• Party all night in funky Berlin• Soak up the nightlife of AmsterdamDepartures 2015/16START FINISHMay 15 Jun 08Jun 05 Jun 29Jun 19 Jul 13Jul 03 Jul 27Jul 17 Aug 10Aug 07 Aug 31START FINISHAug 21 Sep 14Sep 11 Oct 05Oct 23 Nov 16Nov 27 Dec 21Dec 18 Jan 11Dec 31 Jan 24START FINISH2016Jan 29 Feb 22Mar 11 Apr 04Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hostels (11 nts), hotels (13 nts) Transport:Air con coach with power points for charging,ferry crossings Meals: 24 breakfasts, 11dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & DriverGroup Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, localtaxes and service charges are included TourCode: COCCEQ/COWWEQYou might likeShorten This Trip!Western Quest(London/Paris-Barcelona, 8 days) Fr $1,189Mediterranean Quest(Barcelona-Rome, 9 days) Fr $1,315Eastern Quest(Rome-London, 10 days) Fr $1,439Quest to Rome(London/Paris-Rome, 16 days) Fr $2,405Quest to London(Barcelona-London, 18 days) Fr $2,605Your time is precious so why not spend almost a month of it being whisked around someof Europe’s stunning hotspots? From the lovestruck city of Paris to the fiery flair ofAmsterdam, and everything in between, this adventure ticks every box on a traveller’s hitlist.Expect iconic cities boasting some of the world’s famous landmarks, rolling vineyards inprestigious wine regions, mouthfuls of lip-smacking cuisine as well as the fashionably chicspots of the French Riviera, Cinque Terre and the Isle of Capri to name a few. If time’s of theessence, you can also choose to do just a shorter section of this trip (see below for details).DAY01-020304-0506-0708-0910-11ITINERARYLondon / ParisMeet your group in London town (or later this afternoon in Paris) then hop on a ferry across theEnglish Channel. Keep an eye out for the World War I battlefields before arriving at the glittering‘City of Lights’. This evening, you’ll be spoilt with an exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ tour -the perfectintroduction to this love-soaked city! Fill the next day with historic Montmartre, photos on the stepsof the Sacré-Cœur, yummy crepes, and strolls along cobbled streets. If you’re hungry for more, whynot treat your tastebuds to a Parisian dinner and a cabaret show complete with a fizzing glass ofbubbles? Ahhh! (B, D)Paris / BordeauxSay ‘au revoir’ to Paris and ‘bonjour’ to Bordeaux! Cutting through the Loire Valley, past rollingvineyards, you’ll find yourself in the world-famous wine region where some of the most expensive andprestigious wines in the world are produced. Perhaps treat yourself to a cheeky vin rouge? (B, D)Bordeaux / San SebastianOn Day 4, head towards the sexy and sultry Basque city of San Sebastian. Spend the next couple ofdays on one of the best in-city beaches in Europe, Playa de la Concha, basking in the sun or testingyour skills on a surfboard. In your free time here, soak up the romantic vibe in Centro Romántica andstroll along streets lined with ornate street lamps and Parisian-style architecture. By night, grab aslice of the action in one of Parte Vieja’s famous pintxos bars and savour patatas bravas and a copade cava before bopping along to the music in one of the late night haunts. (2B, D)San Sebastian / BarcelonaSlip away from the northern coast as you make your way to the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, wherefantastic food and fanciful fiestas await. A mover and shaker in art, architecture and style, this city isfull of soul. Whilst you’re here, wander the Gothic Quarter, visit the Olympic Park and gawk at Gaudi’sarchitectural wonders including La Sagrada Familia, still under construction after 100 years! Squeezepast street artists and stalls on Las Ramblas then stop in the vibrantly-coloured La Boqueria marketfor a sensory overload and perhaps a sneaky snack - serrano ham, fresh fruits or queso de cabra(goat’s cheese) anyone? Wash these tasty treats down with a fruitilicious sangria this evening thenperhaps treat yourself to a traditional flamenco show! (2B, D)Barcelona / NiceIt’s off to Nice today to travel through the charmingly rustic region of Provence along the Côte d’Azurand on to the glamorous French Riviera. On Day 9, stroll through the outdoor markets, browse theupscale boutiques and slap on the sunscreen on the beach. Later, rub shoulders with the rich andfamous in the city that screams glitz and glam, Monte Carlo. Choose to dine near the Royal Palace,visit a French perfumery or try your chances with a few bets in a casino! Red or black? (2B, D)Nice / Cinque Terre / FlorenceToday, you’ll visit the Cinque Terre’s oldest village, Monterosso, before chilling out on a trip pastthe steep cliffs and fishing villages. Sip thirst-quenching local wine and munch on scrumptiousfreshly-caught seafood ‘til you’re full to the brim! On Day 11, you’ll travel via Pisa’s world-famousarchitectural wonder to Renaissance Florence where a local guide will give you the inside tips onstriking buildings and sacred art. You won’t be short of things to feast your eyes on! Soak up thewow factor of the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry and Piazza dellaSignoria, then top up your skills with a Florentine leather craft demo! (2B)68


FR$3,64925 DAYSVernazza, Cinque Terre, ItalyBerlin Wall, BerlinEUROPEAN TOURINGPragueOld Town Salzburg, AustriaLa Boqueria, Barcelona12-1314-1516-1718-1920-2122-2324-25Florence / SorrentoTravel south through Umbria and Lazio via the picturesque Bay of Naples to Sorrento. Recharge yourbatteries this evening and perhaps spoil yourself with some mouthwatering Italian cuisine. On Day13, you’ll get to chill out on the naturally beautiful Isle of Capri. Why not wander through the hillsidetown of Anacapri where you’ll find breathtaking coastal views and lovely little restaurants? Sip on acafé al fresco with the locals and gorge on a frosty gelato as you explore the Marina Piccola (littleharbour). Eager for more? Choose to chillax on a Green Grotto boat trip where the small caves andsparkling emerald green waters invite you to jump right in. (2B, D)Sorrento / RomeHit the road with a scenic drive along the coast, from picture-perfect Sorrento via Pompeii and onto Rome. If you’re keen to discover more about the town frozen in time, choose to take an optional,strangely compelling tour of Pompeii to see the devastating affect of feisty Mt Vesuvius. Onwards toRome, feel like a VIP with a special access sightseeing tour. On Day 15, tap into ‘La Dolce Vita’ of the‘Eternal City’ and delve into its history with an optional locally-guided tour of the Vatican Museumsincluding the Sistine Chapel. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a culture vulture, you could also opt fora Colosseum trip. (2B, D)Rome / VeniceOver the Apennine Mountains, you’ll stop in Romeo and Juliet’s fictional, lovestruck home of Verona.Pass Juliet’s house (Casa di Giulietta) and strike a pose at the famous balcony where she was ‘wooed’by Romeo. Your next stop is the alluring maze of Venice. Meander through the ‘Floating City’s’ narrowalleyways to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos and interesting little shops, bars and markets,and enjoy a private boat tour through the canals. Stretching high above the canal, set your sightsupon the fine architecture of the Bridge of Sighs and stroll around St. Mark’s Square (Piazzo SanMarco). If you’ve got time on your hands, why not check out the Doge’s Palace, take a guided walkingtour or relax on a peaceful gondola ride along the side canals? (2B, D)Venice / Salzburg / PragueTravel through the stunning Austrian countryside to the picture-perfect Salzburg, birthplace toMozart and setting for the Sound of Music. Soak up the burgeoning arts scene and see the sweepingviews from the mighty Festung Hohensalzburg, the 900 year old cliff-top fortress. The Baroquepalace, the regal Residenz and blooming gardens of the Schloss Mirabell also need to be ticked offyour bucket list! On Day 19, hop north to Prague, affectionately known as the ‘City of a ThousandSpires’. You’ll soon see why! Catch a glimpse of the medieval Astronomical Clock, Hradcany Castle andthe Cathedral of St. Vitus, dodge past hawkers along Charles Bridge and stumble upon Czech historyin Wenceslas Square. Finish up in an old-fashioned bar in the Old Town Square. (2B, D)Prague / BerlinSnake through the medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets to immerse yourself within Gothicarchitecture and Bohemian crystal beads! Guzzle down a bargain beer, arguably the best in Europethen why not nip any hunger pangs in the bud with a buffet cruise? Your awesome adventure willthen take you over the border to Dresden, often dubbed the ‘Florence of the North’ before you rollinto Berlin. Wander around the park of Tiergarten and see the Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial,Brandenburg Gate and the historic Reichstag. Don’t forget to check out the colourful artworkdecorating the remains of the Berlin Wall whilst you’re here! (2B, D)Berlin / AmsterdamFind out what makes Berlin’s capital one of the most cutting-edge cities in the world with free timeto explore. It’s hard to believe that this funky place has had such a troubled past, so savour themixture of old and new in this ever-changing metropolis. Visit the site of Checkpoint Charlie withthe choice to do a walking tour of Berlin and Eye Spy Berlin then prepare yourself for a dose ofAmsterdam. Jump start your trip with a visit to the eye-popping Red Light District where the creativeand wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets - a sight that can’t be missed! (2B, D)Amsterdam / LondonStretch your legs as you cycle around the countryside, past working villages to the world-famouscheese village of Edam where you’ll get to try a cheeky slice. You’ll then head back to the city toexplore the spinning windmills, canals, parks and cool vibes that the ‘Dam is known for. The finalnight is yours to raise your glass and toast your awesome adventure with a farewell dinner and canalcruise. On Day 25, your trip sadly comes to an end. Tuck into a hearty brekkie before transferringto Schiphol Airport (estimated 10am arrival) where your tour ends. Alternatively, choose to take acomplimentary transfer to London for the option to extend your stay! (2B)69


EUROPEAN PANORAMALondon or Paris Amsterdam or LondonEUROPEAN TOURINGIRISH SEANORTH SEAEdamGERMANYENGLAND2 AmsterdamPOLANDLondonDover Ruhr Valley1Rhine ValleyCalaisCZECHENGLISH CHANNELValley of the SommeREPUBLICMauthausen2ParisMunich12 ViennaLoire ValleyLiechtenstein1TyrolHUNGARYChateau Chambord2Dolomite MountainsBordeauxSwiss AlpsLucerne12 VeniceATLANTICFRANCEOCEANPisa 2FlorenceCarcassonne2Monaco ITALYFrenchADRIATICSEAPyreneesRomeMountains Riviera2Vatican2Mt. VesuviusBarcelonaCityPompeiiSPAINBariMEDITERRANEAN SEA11IONIAN SEA3CorfuBELARUSHighlights• Stroll along the Champs Élysées• Explore Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter• Enjoy a special Rome sightseeing tour• Wander the fairytale streets of Venice• Kick back and soak up the Corfu sun• Try strudel and schnaps in Vienna• Cycle past cafés and canals in Edam• Breathe crisp Alpine air in SwitzerlandDepartures 2015START FINISHApr 20 May 17May 11 Jun 07Jun 08 Jul 05Jun 22 Jul 19START FINISHJun 29 Jul 26Jul 13 Aug 09Jul 27 Aug 23Aug 10 Sep 06START FINISHAug 31 Sep 27Sep 07 Oct 04Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels(25 nts), overnight ferries (2 nts) Transport:Air con coach with power points for charging,ferry crossings Meals: 27 breakfasts, 14dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & DriverGroup Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, localtaxes and service charges are included TourCode: COBBHMYou might likeOur Top Optional Activities• Eat local dishes and see a live flamencoperformance in Barcelona• Take a guided tour of the ruins ofPompeii• Sunbathe and swim on an island cruisein Corfu• Sample schnaps in Vienna• Wine tasting in the Rhine ValleyFor a widescreen view of Western Europe, this European Panorama trip really lives up toits name. You’ll tick off 12 amazing countries as you explore the continent with your newfriends visiting historic cities, ancient monuments and sun-kissed beaches. Drinking winein Bordeaux, eating traditional tapas in Barcelona, beach bumming on the Greek isle ofCorfu and bike riding in the Dutch countryside are just a few of the activities you’ll get toexperience. Throw on your sightseeing shoes and get ready to take in the panoramic sightsof Europe over 28 sensational days.DAY01-020304-0506-0708-0910-1112ITINERARYLondon / ParisMeet up with your group and crew and set off from London to ferry across the English Channel toParis (where you can also join the tour if you wish). This evening, see the city lights of Paris and itsfamous monuments all beautifully illuminated. Day 2 is yours to hit the iconic sights of this romanticcity, perhaps take a cruise along the River Seine, climb the steps to the summit of Montmartre fora visit to the Sacre Coeur Basilica, pay a visit to the Mona Lisa smiling enigmatically at the Louvre,or lose yourself in the backstreets of bohemian quarters such as Montparnasse and the Marais. Youalso have the option to attend an authentic cabaret show complete with can-can girls, dinner and aglass of bubbly. (B, D)Paris / BordeauxCut through the Loire Valley where there’s a scenic drive to see the magnificent Château de Chambordwhich has got to be one of the most splendid in all of France. Travel past rolling vineyards throughthe fertile countryside en route to Bordeaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its stunningneoclassical architecture but possibly most famous for its wine. (B, D)Bordeaux / Carcassonne / BarcelonaVisit the great fortress city of Carcassonne, whose streets are studded with 53 stone towers andlook from afar like some medieval fairytale town. Travel south across the Pyrenees Mountains intoSpain before reaching Barcelona. The next day, explore the sizzling city sights; Gaudi’s SagradaFamilia, the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. Head to an optional live flamenco dancer show, andditch the siesta for the fiesta! (2B, D)Barcelona / French RivieraTake a scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur to Nice. On Day 7, keep a look out for celebs as you strollthe stylish Promenade des Anglais and then, in the evening, head to Monaco. This pocket-sizedprincipality is a favourite haunt of the rich and famous, not to mention the tax exiles whose luxuryyachts line the harbourfront marinas. It has been ruled over by the Grimaldi family since the 13thCentury, and you’ll see their Royal Palace before splashing some cash with a visit to a casino. (2B, D)French Riviera / Pisa / FlorenceSee the architectural wonder that is the Leaning Tower of Pisa as you make your way to the pricelessRenaissance masterpiece of Florence. Wander the art-filled streets with a local guide on Day 9 andget to know the history while taking in views of the Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Baptistry. Youalso have the chance to witness a Florentine leather craft demonstration, still an important industryin the region. (2B, D)Florence / RomeTravel south through the rolling hills and terraced vineyards of Umbria on your way to Rome. You’llfeel the might of the ancient empire on your walking tour; see Piazza Venezia, the Pantheon, PiazzaNavona, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Trevi Fountain. On Day 11, enjoy an optionaltour of the Vatican Museums to see St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, before heading off toexplore the historic streets of this bustling city. Watch the world go by as you linger over a latté inone of the city cafés. (2B, D)Rome / CorfuPass the city of Naples and bag yourself a view of Mt. Vesuvius, whose eruption famously caused thedestruction of the ancient city of Pompeii. There’s time to take an optional tour of Pompeii’s ruinsbefore boarding the overnight ferry to the Greek holiday island of Corfu. (B)70


FR$5,71528 DAYSChâteau de Chambord, Loire ValleySwiss AlpsEUROPEAN TOURINGLucerne, SwitzerlandCote d’Azur, French Riviera13-1516-171819-2021-2223-242526-2728CorfuWidely considered to be one of Greece’s most beautiful islands, Corfu affords time to kick back andrelax, enjoying sublime rays, whitewashed houses, divine local food, watersports and even an optionalisland cruise. Don’t miss the chance to visit Corfu Town, a jumble of narrow pedestrianised streetsand pastel-coloured Venetian townhouses sandwiched between two mighty fortresses. (3B, 2D)Corfu / VeniceToday, cruise the length of the Adriatic Sea up to the picturesque destination of Venice. From theboat, if you look left you’ll be looking at Italy, look right and you’ll be cruising the coast of Greece,Albania and Croatia. (2B)VeniceEnjoy a private motorboat ride to explore the historic islands of the Venice Lagoon, explore thetwisting backstreets and canals on foot or by gondola, and gasp at the breathtaking palazzos,squares and bridges for which the ‘Floating City’ is justifiably famous. (B)Venice / ViennaGo over the beautiful Dolomite Mountains and across the border into Austria for a two-night stay inVienna. On Day 20, see Schönbrunn Palace, the State Opera House and St Stephen’s Cathedral on amorning city tour, before an afternoon at leisure to meander the city’s music venues, cafés (any timeis strudel time!) and beautiful Baroque architecture. (2B, D)Vienna / Munich / Austrian TyrolStop at the sombre Mauthausen concentration camp memorial as you travel on to Munich. Check outthe Glockenspiel and then head to the beer halls tonight. On Day 22, head back into Austria and passstunning Alpine scenery as you travel to a traditional Tyrolean village. Get an adrenalin rush as youtry out one of its infamous range of high-octane adventure sports! (2B, D)Austrian Tyrol / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss AlpsIt’s three countries in one day today, as you make a stop in pint-sized Liechtenstein to visit itscapital city of Vaduz. Blink and you’ll miss it, and before you know you’ll be in Switzerland whereyou’re headed for the exquisite resort of Lucerne. Stroll across its iconic and medieval wooden bridgeand tuck into a giant bar of Toblerone by the magical lakeside. On Day 24, enjoy an optional trip upMt. Titlis, go for a mountain walk or just enjoy being in the crisp, pure air of the Alps. (2B, 2D)Swiss Alps / Rhine ValleyFollow the River Rhine to a valley full of castles and vineyards. Enjoy the traditional Germanatmosphere, see the dramatic Lorelei Rock and learn how beer steins are crafted. (B, D)Rhine Valley / AmsterdamTravel through the industrial Ruhr Valley from Germany into the Netherlands and to its fabulouscapital city, Amsterdam, sure to be one of your favourites from your whole 28-day trip. It’s aneasy-going place and it’s impossible not to love the friendly and forward-thinking locals. Visit acheese farm and clog maker’s house, and take an after-dark cruise of the city’s canals which are linedwith beautiful and elegant townhouses. On Day 27, you can hop on a bike like the rest of the localsand pedal your way past the windmills in the cheese-making village of Edam. Don’t cycle too hardthough, as you’ll need some energy for your last night with the group. One of Amsterdam’s eccentricnightclubs could be on the cards for a send off to remember! (2B, D)Amsterdam / LondonOn your final day, you can choose from a number of different options. Extend your stay here in theDutch capital, take a morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or relax on thecomplimentary transfer back to central London. (B)Amsterdam, Holland71


WINTER WANDERERLondon or Paris Amsterdam or LondonBALTIC SEAEUROPEAN TOURINGATLANTIC OCEANIRISH SEASPAINENGLANDLondonDoverCalaisENGLISH CHANNELValley of the Somme2 ParisBurgundy RegionPyreneesMountains2BarcelonaNORTH SEAFRANCELyon12AmsterdamMunich1BerlinDresdenPragueMauthausen2Vienna2 LucerneDolomite Mountains2VeniceITALYApennine Mountains1PisaFlorence2 MonacoADRIATIC SEAFrenchRiviera2 RomeVatican CityMEDITERRANEAN SEAGERMANY22BELARUSHighlights• Climb the iconic Eiffel Tower• Buy Swiss chocolate in pretty Lucerne• Wander Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter• Explore Rome’s Piazza Venezia• Discover Florence with a local guide• Visit one of Munich’s beer halls• Tour Prague’s pretty Old Town• Admire the Brandenburg Gate in BerlinDepartures 2015/16START FINISHJan 04 Jan 27Jan 09 Feb 01Jan 21 Feb 13Jan 23 Feb 15Feb 06 Mar 01Feb 20 Mar 15Mar 06 Mar 29Mar 20 Apr 12Oct 16 Nov 08START FINISHOct 18 Nov 10Nov 06 Nov 29Nov 13 Dec 06Nov 25 Dec 18Dec 02 Dec 25Dec 09 Jan 01Dec 11 Jan 03Dec 14 Jan 06Dec 20 Jan 12START FINISHDec 28 Jan 20Dec 30 Jan 222016Jan 05 Jan 28Jan 20 Feb 12Feb 05 Feb 28Mar 04 Mar 27Mar 18 Apr 10Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Winter Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (23nts) Transport: Air con coach with powerpoints for charging, ferry crossings Meals:23 breakfasts, 11 dinners Group Leader: TripManager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes:Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges areincluded Tour Code: COWWHLYou might likeOur Top Optional Activities• See a colourful, passionate flamencoshow in Barcelona• Let a local show you around the VaticanMuseum in Rome• Indulge in Swiss fondue in Lucerne24 days, 11 countries and exploring a winter wonderland of European delights. This tripwill see you tick off icy cool countries brimming with culture, and will leave you with aninsatiable appetite for more. You’ll start off in London before heading off to the continentto experience the breathtaking French countryside and stunning Swiss mountain scenery.See monuments like Pisa’s Leaning Tower, Rome’s Vatican City and Venice’s canals. You’ll seeMozart’s former residence and one amazing astrological clock before finishing up in savvyparty cities of Berlin and Amsterdam. Life is good.DAY01-0203-0405-0607080910ITINERARYLondon / ParisMeet your new tour friends and head over the Channel to France, catching a glimpse of World War Ibattlefields on the way to sweet Paris! Tonight, wrap up and enjoy a ‘Paris by Night’ tour where you’llsee lamp-lit bridges and cafés giving you a real taste of Paris’ romance, as well as the illuminatedEiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and other famous landmarks. On Day 2 get your coat, hat and gloveson and see all the sights as you stroll among the diverse quarters and stylish boutiques or wanderthrough the art-filled halls of the Louvre. Later, opt in for a Parisian cabaret show! (B, D)Paris / LucerneTravelling through the scenic wine-producing region of Burgundy, passing snow-capped Swissmountains, you’ll find yourself landed in the Alpine stunner of Lucerne. On Day 4, see its famouswooden Chapel Bridge, followed by a tempting chance to eat traditional Swiss fondue at an authentic,cosy inn. (2B, 2D)Lucerne / Lyon / BarcelonaSit back and absorb Alpine vistas as you make your way through Switzerland, past Lake Geneva andback into France. You’ll pass the Rhone River and rustic vineyards before reaching tonight’s stop inLyon. The next day, you’ll zig-zag the dramatic scenery of the Pyrénées Mountains, over the borderinto the Mediterrenean exuberance of Barcelona. Get cosy at one of the city’s many outdoor squaresto enjoy a glass of sangria and nibble on tapas with your new friends. (2B, D)BarcelonaThis active city will leave you in total awe as it shows off its art, architecture and style from everyGothic backstreet to every hilltop panorama. Witness Gaudi’s wild imagination with his masterpiece,the Sagrada Família, see the 1992 Olympic Games complex and the cobbled lanes of the GothicQuarter. You’ll also have free time to see more of the city’s creative scene, with its vibrant gardens atParc Güell or buzzing street life on the tree-lined Las Ramblas - a boulevard packed with performers,artists, shops and stalls. Tonight, get into the local flavours with an optional flamenco dance showand dinner. (B)Barcelona / French RivieraDevour the beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes and relaxed rural charm as you leavethe sizzle of Barcelona behind and drive along the rugged sapphire coastline of the Cote d’Azur. You’llpass the über-glam resort of Cannes and roll up to tonight’s chic stop at the palm tree-lined shoresof Nice. (B, D)French RivieraThere’s plenty of free time today to feel at ease in your glam surroundings; visit the local markets,try out the region’s produce like lavender honey, or enjoy a long lunch with a glass of rosé at a trendybrasserie or bistro. Tonight, get a taste of the high life in Monaco and enjoy an optional dinner a fewdoors down from the Royal Palace and try your luck at a casino. (B)French Riviera / Pisa / FlorenceOnwards to Italy, land of passion! Heading to Renaissance Florence, you’ll stop by Pisa and getup close to its architectural wonder; the Leaning Tower. Admire Florence’s scene-stealing DuomoCathedral, which rises above the city, serving up frescoes, markets and priceless art. Tonight, optin for an authentic Tuscan feast, where you can flare up your tastebuds with regional dishes in atypically dreamy Tuscan setting. Then keep it moving with a night out and get your groove on atFlorence’s biggest club. (B)72


FR$4,06524 DAYSAmsterdam, HollandCharles Bridge, PragueEUROPEAN TOURINGBarcelona, SpainColosseum, Rome111213-1415161718-1920-21222324Florence / RomeSpend the morning with a local as they show you the sights of their home city; see the Duomo,Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry. Enjoy the atmosphere and then you’re off again passing cypresstree and olive groves, before reaching the Italian relic of Rome. Tonight enjoy a walking tour taking inPiazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. (B, D)RomeMax your time in Rome on an optional tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel andSt. Peter’s Basilica. Then check out Rome’s imperial glory by visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum.After a quick espresso stop, watch the trendy Roman folk whizz past you on Vespas, past timewornmonuments, fountains, pizzerias, cafés and bars. (B)Rome / VeniceThis morning, splash some cash with a stop at a designer outlet mall en route to Venice. On Day 14,start with an included private boat ride through the waters of the Lagoon to visit the city’s historicalheart. Then it’s on to the limestone Bridge of Sighs and the expanse of St. Mark’s Square, all of whichportray Venice’s unique beauty and lifestyle. Cap the day off with an optional gondola ride. (2B, D)Venice / ViennaToday, you’ll wind your way past the imposing Dolomite Mountain ranges on to the cultural hub ofVienna. This evening it’s all about the culture and you can get acquainted with the city’s most famousresident, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, over an optional dinner and classical music concert. (B)ViennaAn exciting start to the day with an introduction to the city’s heritage. There’s the imperial grandeurof Schönbrunn Palace, the ornate State Opera House and Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, plus freetime to check out the palaces, art galleries and coffee houses and to wander along the Danube. (B, D)Vienna / MunichOn to Bavaria, but first a stop to remember one of history’s darkest moments with a sobering visitto the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial. Next up, Munich, a city that blends traditionalBavarian culture with a modern lifestyle. Explore the heart of Munich’s old town with the group,and head to Marienplatz. It’s a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel - a Gothic clock,complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells. Then get a taste of tradition at a typical beerhall and park yourself at a long wooden table. Order yourself some hearty local food, like roastedpork knuckle, and quench your thirst with a stein of one of Germany’s 5,000 brews. (B)Munich / PragueWind through the German countryside and on to the Czech Republic’s Bohemian capital, Prague,which is a great city to explore on foot. So set off on Day 19, wander over the Charles Bridge,through Hradcany Castle and to the Gothic St. Vitus’ Cathedral on a city tour. There’s loads of freetime to discover all the nooks and crannies of the old town and pick up some local treasures. Tonight,try the local bargain-priced beers and explore the varied nightlife of the city. (2B, D)Prague / Dresden / BerlinRoll back into Germany and on to the region of Dresden, home to the Saxon Kings and known for itstragic past and modern beauty. This evening, arrive into one of the world’s most cutting edge cities;Berlin. On Day 21, join a local guide and learn about the Berlin Wall, see the Reichstag, Tiergarten,Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. Get inspired by Berlin’s creative scene and check outits galleries and street art! This evening immerse yourself in the city’s explosive nightlife. (2B, D)Berlin / AmsterdamMotoring past Hanover, cross into the Netherlands and on to its capital, free-wheeling Amsterdam.Check out the city’s eye-opening Red Light District, its cafés, shops and unique atmosphere. (B, D)AmsterdamYour penultimate day on tour, so make it a good one as you explore the museums, cafés and canalsof Amsterdam. Visit a cheese farm and clog maker’s house and in the evening you’ll have the optionto take a canal cruise to see the city from a different perspective. A big farewell party is in order! (B)Amsterdam / LondonThe tour ends today and you can choose to extend your stay in Amsterdam, catch the morningtransfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or take a complimentary transfer back tocentral London. (B)73


EUROPEAN INSPIRATIONLondon or Amsterdam Paris or LondonIRISH SEANORTH SEAEUROPEAN TOURINGATLANTIC OCEANEdamENGLAND Amsterdam2 Berlin2LondonDoverDresdenCalaisENGLISH CHANNELGERMANY 2 PragueValley of the SommeParis 2Dachau Munich2Burgundy RegionLucerneTyrol2SwissBrenner PassAlps Lake Como2VeniceFRANCEMEDITERRANEAN SEAPisa 2 FlorenceChiantiRegionCZECH REPAUSTRIAADRIATIC SEA2RomeVatican CityITALYIONIAN SEAHighlights• Cruise Amsterdam’s winding canals• Check out Berlin’s cool street art• People watch in Prague’s Old Town• Visit Munich’s fun-filled beer halls• Feast on Italian delicacies• Explore ancient artefacts in Rome• Tour a Tuscan castle and try Chianti• Chill in Switzerland’s Alpine beautyDepartures 2015/16STARTFINISHJan 05 Jan 23Jan 19 Feb 06Feb 09 Feb 27Mar 02 Mar 20Mar 16 Apr 03Apr 05 Apr 23May 03 May 21May 17 Jun 04Jun 07 Jun 25Jun 16 Jul 04Jun 21 Jul 09Jun 28 Jul 16STARTFINISHJun 30 Jul 18Jul 07 Jul 25Jul 12 Jul 30Jul 26 Aug 13Aug 23 Sep 10Sep 13 Oct 01Sep 15 Oct 03Sep 27 Oct 15Oct 19 Nov 06Oct 26 Nov 13Nov 02 Nov 20Nov 23 Dec 11STARTFINISHDec 07 Dec 25Dec 14 Jan 01Dec 21 Jan 08Dec 28 Jan 15Dec 30 Jan 172016Jan 04 Jan 22Jan 18 Feb 05Feb 08 Feb 26Mar 14 Apr 01Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (18nts) Transport: Air con coach with powerpoints for charging, ferry crossings Meals:18 breakfasts, 9 dinners Group Leader: TripManager & Driver Group Size: Max 53 Notes:Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges areincluded Tour Code: COBBAP / COWWAPYou might likeOur Top Optional Activities• See historic Berlin on a locally-guidedwalking tour• Whitewater rafting in the Austrian Tyrol(summer departures only)• Tuck into an authentic Tuscan feastIndulge in all things European with this crème de la crème tour, ticking off nine countriesover a relaxed 19 days and uncovering iconic city hotspots like outlandish Amsterdam, chicParis, Eastern Bloc Berlin, fairytale Venice and lakeside Lucerne. Ignite your tastebuds withSwiss fondue, Bavarian beer, French Merlot, Austrian strudel and Italian gelato. Meanderyour way around museums, ancient relics, monuments, castles, beer gardens, markets,cathedrals, squares, piazzas, canals, churches and palazzos. If you’re looking for inspirationin this most varied of all the world’s continents, you’ll certainly find it on this trip!DAY010203040506070809ITINERARYLondon / AmsterdamHeading off from London, make your way via Belgium to charming Amsterdam. Wander along itscanals and gable houses by night and check out the racy Red Light District where the unique cometogether on narrow cobbled streets. Be sure to inspect some of its awesome bars and clubs too! (D)AmsterdamExperience Dutch culture at its finest as you pedal past windmills in Edam to a cheese farm and aclog maker’s house. Then, this afternoon café hop like a local and hit the museum quarter. Tonight,explore the brightly-lit canals on an optional canal cruise. (B)Amsterdam / BerlinMotor down the autobahn and prepare yourself for a serious dose of über-cool Berlin. Find out whatmakes Germany’s capital one of the most cutting-edge cities in the world. Grab some mates and headout to enjoy the city’s exploding arts, bar and club scenes. (B, D)BerlinLearn about the East/West split at the Berlin Wall, check out the Reichstag and visit the Tiergartenon this morning’s locally-guided city tour. Visit Checkpoint Charlie and be reminded of Germany’sdarker past at the Brandenburg Gate. With your free time, get inspired by Berlin’s creative sceneand check out its galleries and imaginative street art - the city’s walls are plastered in cut-outs andgraffiti. Experience traditional German street food at one of Berlin’s awesome markets - currywurstanyone? Then cosy-up in one of Berlin’s many beer gardens and let the good times roll! (B)Berlin / Dresden / PragueLeaving arty Berlin behind you, you’ll make a stop in Dresden; a city of outstanding beauty with atragic past. See the signature buildings like the Opera House, the domed Frauenkirche, the RoyalResidence – once home to the Saxon Kings – and the Zwinger Fortress. This afternoon, head over theborder to the Czech Republic and continue on to its Bohemian capital; Prague. (B, D)PraguePretty Prague is easily explored on foot so start with a walking tour over the Charles Bridge, throughHradcany Castle and to the Gothic St. Vitus’ Cathedral. Why not try an optional buffet cruise on theVltava River and enjoy views of the city from the water? Free time means you can delve deeper intothe old town’s jumble of little lanes, alleys and courtyards. By night there’s something for everyonefrom jazz bars and hip DJs to opera, so make the most of it with friends and good beer. (B)Prague / MunichToday you’re headed for the Bavarian capital, Munich, with a moving stop at Dachau concentrationcamp memorial en route. Tonight, head to one of the massive beer halls for a night of beer drinkingand traditional Bavarian-style entertainment. (B)MunichDon some traditional lederhosen and have some fun in this cultural haven with its staggering array ofmuseums, killer shopping and lively beer gardens. Familiarise yourself with the city’s Old Town on thisafternoon’s tour and explore some of the city centre’s sights. (B, D)Munich / VeniceToday, take a trip through the Austrian Alps to picturesque Italy. Known as the ‘Floating City’, Veniceis packed with character, crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals. (B, D)74


FR$3,19519 DAYSFlorence, ItalyView from Mt. Pilatus, Lucerne, SwitzerlandEUROPEAN TOURINGSpanish Steps, Rome10111213141516171819VeniceFirst up today, take a private boat through the waters of the Venetian Lagoon to visit the city’shistorical heart where the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square show Venice’sunique beauty. You’ll discover a labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzas andmarkets with a local guide on an optional walking tour. Then, what better way to finish the day, thanwith an optional gondola ride through the canals with your new mates? (B)Venice / RomeFrom one historic Mecca to the next, today you’re bound for Rome, overflowing with relics fromanother age. A tour of the city centre passes sights like the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the TreviFountain. Hang out at the Spanish Steps, sit back, watch the locals and enjoy a slice of pizza or two.Step back into ancient times as you explore the impressive Colosseum and the Roman Forum - bothtruly worthy of their icon status. This city is easily explored by foot, so after pounding its streets besure to rest at Rome’s countless gelateria bars or chic cafés, grazie! (B, D)RomeMake the most of an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel andSt. Peter’s Basilica this morning and uncover its secrets and mysteries. Then, head off to browse thedesigner boutiques of the Via del Corso and the city’s piazzas, brimming with local traders, dancers,artists and sun-kissed faces. When in Rome! (B)Rome / FlorenceWeaving through the rolling Tuscan hillside you’ll delve through this rustic Italian region, admiringvineyards, olive groves, hill-towns and frescoed churches on your way to Florence. As you arrive intoone of Italy’s most beautiful cities you’ll be greeted by friendly Florentines, glistening hills, iconicbuildings and world-famous art that no other city would dare to rival! This evening stroll along theRiver Arno and enjoy a gelato in one of the old city squares. (B, D)FlorenceSet off today with an ‘in the know’ local guide who will share the city’s secrets; of art, history andculture. See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, the Baptistry and Piazza della Signoria to name a few!Leather trading is an important industry for Italy, so experience a special Florentine leather craftdemo later and enjoy the rest of the day as you please. Set off to hunt down a bargain at the marketor check out some inspirational works of Renaissance art at the Uffizi Gallery. This evening getinvolved in an optional Tuscan hills feast - sampling the region’s fresh, local cuisine. (B)Florence / Pisa / LucernePisa is known by name to just about every visitor to Italy, thanks to its architectural wonder, theLeaning Tower. There is plenty of time en route to Switzerland for a quick photo stop at the Towerand for catching a glimpse of the romantic Lake Como. We haven’t even mentioned lakeside Lucerneyet! As you arrive at this Alpine beauty, you’ll see its famous wooden Chapel Bridge, which dates backto the 14th Century, plus cobbled lanes filled with chocolate shops and charming buildings. (B, D)LucerneOn today’s agenda: Alpine freedom! You can choose whether to just relax and absorb it all over a hotchocolate, or get above the clouds with an optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus. This afternoon, there isan optional cruise on one of Europe’s most striking lakes, where stunning scenes of the Swiss Alpsreflect back across the water. (B)Lucerne / ParisToday’s drive takes you through the vineyards of the Burgundy wine region all the way to thesophistication of Paris. Tonight, kick-start your Parisian adventure with a ‘Paris by Night’ tour,which shows off the city’s transformation into the ‘City of Lights’. By the end of this evening you’llunderstand why the Champs Élysées is referred to as the ‘Avenue of Diamonds and Rubies’. (B, D)ParisThis morning you’ll get to visit a French perfumery to pick up the latest scents at a great price. Then,get busy exploring the many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quarters. Tonight isthe last night with your friends, so why not treat yourself to the full Parisian night out with a cabaretexperience, complete with can-can girls, dinner and Champagne. (B)Paris / LondonTake the morning transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (estimated arrival 10am) or choose totake a complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)75


SPAIN, MOROCCO & PORTUGALMadrid MadridFR$2,34915 DAYSEUROPEAN TOURINGHighlights• Stroll the courtyards of the Alhambra• Travel across the Strait of Gibraltar• Haggle like a local in Fes• Act like a movie star in Casablanca• Sample tapas and tagine• See the majestic Alcazar in Seville• Ride the historic trams in hilly Lisbon• Immerse yourself in Madrid’s nightlifeDepartures 2015/16START FINISHMay 03 May 17May 31 Jun 14Jun 28 Jul 12START FINISHJul 26 Aug 09Sep 06 Sep 20Oct 24 Nov 07START FINISH2016Jan 01 Jan 15Mar 26 Apr 09Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hotel (14 nts) Transport: Air con coach, ferrycrossings Meals: 14 breakfasts, 7 dinnersGroup Leader: Trip Manager and Driver team,local Rep in Morocco Group Size: Max 53Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and servicecharges are included Tour Code: COBBMP/COWWMPPORTUGALLisbonRabatCasablancaYou might like222GibraltarTangierSeville1MOROCCO2MarrakechFesSPAINMadrid32GranadaExtend Your TripIberian Peninsula & Morocco(21 or 20 days, Madrid-Madrid)(COIBPM/COWIBP) Fr $3,089Shorten Your TripMorocco(5 days, Fes-Marrakech)(COBBMO/COWWMO) Fr $815This wonderful four-country journey of discovery including Gibraltar, straddles Europeand North Africa as it snakes its way south from Madrid through the Moorish-influencedcities of Andalucia. Travel across the Strait of Gibraltar to discover the sights and soundsof Morocco, including the ancient city of Fes and bustling Marrakech. Lose yourself in thewinding alleyways of the medinas and bargain for unique goods in the spice-filled souks.Portugal’s vibrant capital, Lisbon, awaits with its old-fashioned trams, distinctive fado musicand irresistible freshly-baked custard tarts. Nobody we know has ever eaten just one!DAY01-0203-0405-0607-080910-1112-1314-15ITINERARYLisbon, PortugalMadridArrive into the Spanish capital and make your way to your hotel. Get yourself straight out there toexplore before meeting your new travel buddies over dinner. On Day 2, see the Gran Via, Puerta delSol and Plaza de Espana, and get hooked on a city whose diverse neighbourhoods bustle with anenergetic vitality in everything from shopping to world-class arts and culture. (B, D)Madrid / GrenadaHead south through the often snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the historic hubof Granada. Timeless, atmospheric and full of character, this passionate city is best-known for itsmagnificent Alhambra Palace. Explore this former home of the sultans on a locally-guided tour. Enjoyan optional tour of the Moorish Quarter of Albaicin with a visit to the La Cartuja Monastery. (2B, D)Granada / FesTravel past Malaga and Marbella on a scenic drive along the Costa del Sol, before crossing the Straitof Gibraltar by ferry to start your African adventure. Admire stunning views of the Rif Mountains onyour way to the medieval capital of Fes. Soak it up as you discover all the vibrant sights, sounds andsmells on a guided tour of the souk. Admire the skill of the craftsmen on a visit to a carpet-weavingcooperative, and perhaps an optional Moroccan-style dinner complete with belly dancing? (2B, D)Fes / MarrakechAdmire the breathtaking Middle Atlas Mountains and the cool, green oasis of Ifrane on today’sscenic drive to Marrakech. Throw yourself headfirst into this vibrant city, exploring the traditions ofKoutoubia Mosque, the splendour of the Bahia Palace and the sheer overwhelming sensory overloadthat is Djemaa el-Fna Square. With a free afternoon, stock up on bargains in the myriad stalls of thesouk. (2B, D)Marrakech / Casablanca / Rabat / TangierHit the coast today at the whitewashed city of Casablanca, famous from the 1942 film of the samename, which turned this place into a movie star. Pay a visit to Morocco’s political capital, Rabat, onyour way back to Tangier, which is known as the Gateway to Africa. (B, D)Tangier / Gibraltar / SevilleBack to Europe for a visit to the British territory of Gibraltar, whose rocky summit guards theentrance to the Mediterranean, before moving on to Andalucia’s lively capital, Seville. See the Plazade Espana, the world’s third-largest cathedral and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the formerroyal residence, the Alcazar. Experience the passion of Seville with an optional flamenco show. (2B, D)Seville / LisbonWelcome to Portugal’s historic capital, Lisbon, once home to the world’s greatest explorers. Don’tmiss the grand riverfront square of the Praca do Commercio, the fashionable boutiques of Chiado orthe sweeping city views from the Castelo de Sao Jorge. Travel along the banks of the Tagus to thepopular riverside suburb of Belem to explore the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower - it’shere you’ll find the very best custard tarts in Lisbon too, at the historic Antiga Confeteria de Belem.In the evenings, jump aboard a tram to climb up to the nightlife district of the Bairro Alto. (2B, D)Lisbon / MadridThe final leg of the trip sees you cross back over the border into Spain to head back to Madrid. Setyourself up for a last night out with a siesta. Your trip concludes after breakfast on Day 15. (2B)76


SPANISH SPREEMadrid MadridFR$2,01514 DAYSHighlights• Explore Madrid’s vast Royal Palace• Hit the beaches in San Sebastian• Discover Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter• Party ‘til dawn in Ibiza (summer only)• Admire the beauty of Seville• Wander Granada’s cobbled streets• Tour the Moorish Alhambra Palace• Visit Cordoba’s Mosque of CaliphsDepartures 2015/16START FINISHMar 23 Apr 05Apr 27 May 10May 25 Jun 07Jun 08 Jun 21Jun 22 Jul 05Jun 29 Jul 12START FINISHJul 06 Jul 19Jul 08 Jul 21Jul 13 Jul 26Jul 20 Aug 02Aug 03 Aug 16Aug 17 Aug 30START FINISHAug 31 Sep 13Oct 19 Nov 01Dec 27 Jan 092016Mar 21 Apr 03Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Air con coach, ferrycrossing, flight to Ibiza (summer only) Meals:13 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: TripManager and Driver team Group Size: Max53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes and servicecharges are included Tour Code: COBBEH/COWWEH - note that winter departures(Jan-Mar 2015 & Oct 2015-Mar 2016) followa modified itinerary and do not visit Ibiza,please ask for detailsATLANTICOCEANSPAINFRANCESan Sebastian PyreneesBilbao 1Mountains1 PamplonaSegovia Zaragoza 2 BarcelonaMadridToledoCordobaSeville131Gibraltar22 IbizaDeniaGranadaMEDITERRANEANSEASpain is a mix of cultures where each region has its own distinct style. Not only is it rich incultural traditions, it’s innovative and has a cutting edge arts scene and youthful party vibe.The Spanish Spree is just that, a spree taking in the perfect blend of culture and partying.You’ll get to wander through the Royal Palace in Madrid, visit the magnificent Moorish-styleAlhambra Palace in Granada and see the Rock of Gibraltar. Then, put on your dancing shoesand take in the magic of Barcelona where the nightlife is pumping every day of the week,and head to the beaches of Ibiza where you can dance ‘til dawn.DAY01-02030405-0607-0809-10111213-14ITINERARYBarcelona, SpainMadridArrive in Madrid and check yourself into the hotel. Later, meet your new travel buddies over dinner.Get straight into it on Day 2 as you explore the heart of Madrid. Wander along Gran Via, the PlazaMayor and Puerta del Sol. Then, step into the largest palace in Europe as your local guide expertlyshows you through the lavish rooms of the magnificent Royal Palace. As darkness falls, Madrid comesalive so head out into the city that seemingly never sleeps! (B, D)Madrid / Segovia / BilbaoHead north to Bilbao in the Basque Country, with its unique language and culture. Stop by the prettyclifftop town of Segovia, with its grand mansions and many squares. See the jaw-droppingly beautifulRoman aqueduct before arriving in Bilbao, home of the Guggenheim Art Museum. (B, D)Bilbao / San Sebastian / PamplonaStart the day with free time in the elegant and stylish seaside resort of San Sebastian, a surf hotspot. Later, pull into beautiful Pamplona, perhaps best known as the home of the famous culturalfestival known as the Fiesta de San Fermin. (B)Pamplona / Zaragoza / BarcelonaStop in Baroque-style Zaragoza before making your way to the buzzing city of Barcelona. First up onDay 6 is hilltop Montjuic, from where you can take in full-blown vistas of the city. You can also checkout the 1992 Olympic Games complex. Next, get a look into the wild imagination of the architectAntoni Gaudi, and visit his fabulous, though as yet unfinished, Sagrada Familia Cathedral. (2B, D)Barcelona / IbizaJump on a plane to Ibiza, Spain’s party paradise. Popular with sun worshippers, backpackers andthose that want to party! Honour the birthplace of the rave by checking out Ibiza’s world-famousclubs, which keep going until the sun comes up. On Day 8, relax, catch up on sleep, soak in the sunand people-watch until the bars open and the dance floor is calling once again. (2B)Ibiza / GranadaFerry back to the mainland and take in the views on the drive south to beautiful Granada. Start Day10 with a locally-guided optional tour through the old Muslim Quarter of Albaicin. Next up is theAlhambra where a specialist guide will bring the magic of this former home of the sultans to life. Takea walk through the complex of fortifications, luxurious palaces and gardens. (2B, D)Granada / Gibraltar / SevilleWind along the Costa del Sol with the Sierra Nevada mountains as a backdrop, and enjoy a stop atthe Rock of Gibraltar. This quirky British territory guards the entrance to the Mediterranean. (B)Seville / CordobaSpend the morning exploring this fun, laid back city where the locals focus on the good life; longlunches, afternoon siestas, late dinners and dancing. It’s then into the heart of Andalucia, through toCordoba to see the Mezquita and learn about the Spanish Inquisition. (B)Cordoba / Toledo / MadridTravel to the hill-top town of Toledo, whose narrow streets are packed with monuments reflectingthe Romans, Jews, Muslims and Christians that have all called this place home. Head back to theSpanish capital, and make your last night one to remember. The trip comes to an end on Day 14 afterbreakfast, so it’s time to bid adios to your new amigos. (2B)EUROPEAN TOURING77


SIMPLYITALYITALIANFR$2,005 ESPRESSOFR$1,415Rome Rome 12 DAYS Rome Venice or Rome8 DAYSEUROPEAN TOURINGRiomaggiore, Cinque TerreHighlights• Boat trip to the beautiful and romantic Isle of Capri• Take in the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo on a tour of Florence• Explore the dramatic cliffside villages of the Cinque TerreTuscany, ItalyHighlights• Rome, Florence and Venice - Italy’s very own triple espresso!• Locally-guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel• Sample antipasto and Chianti at a 16th Century Tuscan castleDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-020304-0506-0708-0910-12Rome / SorrentoCheck-in to your hotel and meet your new travel friends over dinner.On Day 2, travel south towards Naples, before arriving into thecharming holiday resort of Sorrento. Enjoy a sunset drink overlookingthe Bay of Naples. (B, D)CapriTake the boat over to the glamorous Isle of Capri, famous for itsnatural beauty, caves and rock formations. Explore the hillside townof Anacapri, or take an optional cruise to the Blue Grotto. (B, D)Sorrento / FlorenceHead north to enjoy a spot of wine tasting in the Chianti region,before admiring the rolling hills of Tuscany en route to RenaissanceFlorence. A local guide will help bring all its secrets to life. (2B, D)Florence / Verona / VeniceStop to admire Romeo and Juliet’s balcony in Verona, before arrivinginto Venice, where there’s time to explore its alleyways and grandsquares, plus an optional gondola ride to experience its canals. (2B)Venice / Lake Garda / Milan / La Spezia (Cinque Terre)Call into the lakeside resort of Sirmione, before reaching Italy’sfashion capital and economic powerhouse, Milan. Discover thestunning cliffside villages of the Cinque Terre on Day 09. (2B, D)La Spezia / Pisa / RomeThey say ‘all roads lead to Rome’, and that’s true today but notbefore you’ve stopped in Pisa to check out its famous Leaning Tower.In Rome, enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican and soak up ‘La DolceVita’. The tour concludes after breakfast on Day 12. (3B)01-0203-0405060708RomeCheck-in and meet your new travel buddies, perhaps with time toenjoy a bit of independent sightseeing before dinner. Though modernand cosmopolitan today, the ancient monuments that litter thestreets of Rome can sometimes make this powerhouse of the formerRoman Empire feel like a living museum. An optional sightseeing touron Day 2 introduces highlights such as the Colosseum. (B, D)Rome / FlorenceEnjoy views of terraced vineyards as you pass through the rolling hillsof Umbria en route to the Renaissance splendour of Florence, one ofEurope’s most enlightened and cultured cities. A local guide gives youthe inside track on the city’s sacred art and striking buildings. (2B, D)FlorenceToday’s day trip into the Chianti region offers the perfect excuseto enjoy a spot of wine tasting. Also visit the medieval town of SanGimignano, the classic Tuscany of your imagination. (B)Florence / VenicePick up some designer gear at bargain prices this morning at a stylishoutlet mall. Later, romance could be on the cards in Verona, whereyou’ll see Romeo and Juliet’s balcony, before arriving in Venice. (B, D)VeniceThere’s no better place to find yourself lost than in the narrowalleyways and winding canals of Venice, where there’s also a chanceto enjoy an unforgettable gondola ride to take it all in. (B)Venice / RomeThe tour concludes after breakfast in Venice, or you can opt to takea complimentary transfer back to Rome. (B)InclusionsTrip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels(11 nts) Transport: Air con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager & DriverGroup Size: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, localtaxes and service charges are included TourCode: COBBSY / COWWSYDepartures 2015Jan - MarApr - Sep & DecOct - NovSelected MondaysSelected Sundays & WednesdaysSelected MondaysMilan Lake Garda1 2 VeniceLa VeronaSpezia1Cinque 2 FlorenceTerreChianti RegionPisaApennine MountainsITALYRome3Vatican CityMt.VesuviusPompeii NaplesIsle of Capri2SorrentoMEDITERRANEANSEAInclusionsTrip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts)Transport: Air con coach with power points forcharging Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners GroupLeader: Trip Manager & Driver team GroupSize: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes &service charges included Tour Code: COBBHI /COWWHIDepartures 2015STARTFINISHJan 17 Jan 24Mar 21 Mar 28Apr 11 Apr 18May 09 May 16May 23 May 30Jun 13 Jun 20STARTFINISHJun 27 Jul 04Jul 04 Jul 11Jul 18 Jul 25Aug 01 Aug 08Aug 15 Aug 22Sep 05 Sep 12START FINISHSep 19 Sep 26Oct 24 Oct 31Nov 21 Nov 28Dec 27 Jan 03PisaChiantiRegionVerona32VeniceBarberinoFlorenceApennineMountainsSanGimignano2Vatican City RomeITALYMEDITERRANEANSEAAdditional departure dates are available, please ask for details.Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.78


TURKEY & GREEK ISLAND ODYSSEYIstanbul AthensFR$2,12510 DAYSHighlights• Admire the amazing Blue Mosque• Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli• Party in Izmir, ‘Pearl of the Aegean’• See the ancient ruins of Troy• Relax in Pamukkale’s thermal pools• See the ancient wonder of Ephesus• Wander the fortified town of Rhodes• Soak up Santorini’s spectacular viewsDepartures 2015START FINISHMay 13 May 22Jun 17 Jun 26InclusionsSTART FINISHJul 15 Jul 24Aug 12 Aug 21START FINISHSep 16 Sep 25Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hotel (6 nts), cruise ship - twin or triple-sharecabins (3 nts) Transport: Cruise ship, aircon coach Meals: 9 continental breakfasts,2 lunches, 7 dinners Group Leader: TripManager & Driver team, on-board cruiserepresentative Includes: Nightly entertainmenton-board, hotel tips, local taxes, servicecharges, ferry crossing Tour Code: COBBSLGREECEAthensBULGARIAAEGEAN SEASantorini1IzmirKusadasiCreteYou might likeGallipoliTroyPatmos11Istanbul1CanakkaleBLACK SEAPergamumTURKEYPamukkale1Ephesus HieropolisRhodesGreek Island CruisingCelestyal Cruises - Aegean Classic(6 days, Athens to Athens)(CO6CGS) see page 139 Fr $1,475Hagia Sofia, IstanbulTravel to the edge of Europe with this Turkish and Grecian adventure. Hang out in theculturally rich and scenic city of Istanbul, see the sombre memorials at Gallipoli, visit theport towns of Canakkale and Kusadasi and dip in the unique thermal pools of Pamukkale.Later, it’s on to the islands for a sweet taste of Greece. Check out the fortified town ofRhodes before topping it all off with a visit to the clifftop settlements on the volcanic islandof Santorini. There’s no shortage of memorable moments here, from haggling at the bazaars,to climbing the Trojan horse and slapping on the sunscreen at the beach.DAY01-0203-0405-0607-0809-10ITINERARYVolcanic Scenery of Santorini, GreeceIstanbulCheck into your hotel in Istanbul, the place where East meets West. Literally. Unpack your bits ‘n bobsthen meet your fellow travel buddies - the buzzing metropolis of Turkey’s capital is waiting! The nextmorning, join your local guide to admire the city’s mesmerising draw card, the stunning Blue Mosque.This amazing building is jam-packed with tens of thousands of glinting blue tiles. Next, plunge intothe copious shops of the Grand Bazaar. Make sure you’ve got your haggling skills down to a ‘T’ andnab carpets, trinkets, spices and electronics. This afternoon, glimpse the sultan’s lifestyle at TopkapiPalace, visit Hagia Sofia or try your hand at backgammon in a sidewalk cafe. If you’re eager to spoilyourself, bathe in the hammam (steam bath house), get scrubbed on heated marble stones and optfor a delicious dinner complete with shimmying belly dancers. (B, D)Istanbul / Canakkale / IzmirToday make a pilgrimage to the site of the region’s bloodiest battle, Gallipoli. Visit ANZAC Covewhere World War I troops landed, the burial ground of Lone Pine Cemetery and pay tribute at thememorial for the ANZAC soldiers. You’ll then get to kick back with some down time on the coach andwatch the coastline of the Sea of Marmara glide past the window. Hop on a ferry, crossing continentsfrom Europe to Asia and on to the bustling harbourside town of Canakkale. Start the day with thefamed wooden horse in Troy then opt to get inside the legend of one of the world’s most famousbattles. You’ll then head on to the hilltop ruins of Pergamum, now a laid back market town. Homer’sbirthplace of Izmir will be your home for the night so why not line the stomach with a tasty Turkishfeast and allow youself to be swallowed up by the city’s buzzing nightlife. (2B, 2D)Izmir / Pamukkale / KusadasiToday serves up the opportunity to visit Hieropolis, an ancient Roman spa town and sacred citysitting in modern-day Pamukkale. Keep your camera handy for snaps of the shimmering white calciumterraces at this UNESCO World Heritage site then soothe your mind, body and soul in Pamukkale’sthermal pools, renowned for their healing properties. On Day 6, choose to get a feel for former timeswith an optional locally-guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus. This stunningly-preserved citywas once visited by Cleopatra and Mark Anthony! You’ll also get up close to Turkish culture with avisit to a rug maker where you’ll get to watch an authentic carpet-weaving demonstration. (2B, D)Kusadasi / RhodesBoard your cruise ship and glide across to Rhodes. On the way stop on Patmos with its sacred spotsand wild countryside and opt to get into the spirit of the island with an optional trip to the 11thCentury Monastery of the Apocalypse and the Grotto of St John. Spend Day 8 enjoying the island’sdelights. As the sunniest island in the Aegean, this is the place to throw down your beach towel, slapon the sunscreen and bask in the glowing sun. If you’re hungry for more culture, why not check outthe famous Colossus of Rhodes, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World or take astroll through the cute medieval Old Town to grab a few souvenirs? (2B, L, 2D)Crete / Santorini / AthensStart the day with a visit to the biggest of the Greek Islands, Crete. Choose to take an optionalexcursion to the Palace of Knossos where you’ll learn of the 4,000 year old mythical Minoan Palace.You’ll then head on to Santorini with its jaw-dropping natural beauty - a result of a massive volcaniceruption. Stretch your legs as you head up the cliffs winding your way around the twisting stonesteps for views of neighbouring volcanic islands, then treat yourself to a delicious local speciality ofdomatoktedes (fried tomato balls). Head on to the distinctive black or red sand beaches or opt to getclose to the active volcanic island of Nea Kamini. Day 10, enjoy brekkie before travelling to the heartof Athens where your tour ends. Keen for more? Opt to get the low down on the city! (2B, L, D)EUROPEAN TOURING79


AMSTERDAM TOBARCELONAFR$2,635Amsterdam Barcelona 11 DAYSBERLIN TOBUDAPESTFR$1,685Berlin Budapest 11 DAYSEUROPEAN TOURINGAmsterdam, HollandHighlights• Enjoy a dazzling ‘Paris by Night’ city tour of its incredible sights• Try your luck on the tables at a Monte Carlo casino• Explore Barcelona’s backstreets and Gothic QuarterVienna, AustriaHighlights• Cruise the bohemian streets of Prague by bike (summer only)• Experience the opulent lifestyle of the Habsburg Emperors in Vienna• Goulash galore as you enjoy a Hungarian dinner cruise in BudapestDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0203-0405-0607-0809-11AmsterdamGet yourself to Amsterdam any time today and head out to explorebefore meeting your group over dinner this evening. Discover the cityon Day 2; jump on a bike and pedal past windmills, visit a cheesefarm, and enjoy an optional canal cruise in the evening. (B, D)Amsterdam / ParisFrom one cultural Mecca to the next, today you’re off to Paris. Enjoytonight’s impressive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour. On Day 4, soakup the French passion and explore legendary icons like the EiffelTower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and Notre Dame. (2B, D)Lucerne / French RivieraPass though the vineyards of the Burgundy wine region as you headto the breathtaking Swiss Alps. You’ll wake up in lakeside Lucerne onDay 6 to an inspiring view. Shop for Swiss goodies or chill out at acafé overlooking the lake and famous wooden Chapel Bridge. (2B, D)Lucerne / French RivieraToday pick up Italian designer bargains at an outlet shopping mallbefore reaching the French Riviera. Day 8 is all about chilling outby turquoise waters and meandering markets and boutiques. In theevening, see the Royal Palace and visit a Monte Carlo casino. (2B, D)French Riviera / BarcelonaEnjoy the drive along the Côte d’Azur and across into Spain. Uncoverwhat makes this amorous city tick, taking in Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia,inspirational architecture and Las Ramblas’ buzz! Tonight, opt in fora traditional Spanish feast and flamenco show before your tour endson Day 11 after breakfast. (3B, D)01-0304-0607-0809-11BerlinAll you have to do is get yourself to Berlin on Day 1. If there’s time,head out and explore before meeting up with the rest of your groupthis evening. Over the next two days, you’ll get under the skin of thisurban utopia. Get a feel for the city’s history and visit the remainingsections of the Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz, the Jewish Memorial,Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag. You can shop the cool markets, eatdelicious German food and party tonight in the cool clubs. (2B, D)Berlin / Dresden / PragueHead through Dresden; a beautiful city with a tragic history andenjoy lunch in a riverside beer garden before travelling on to Prague.You’ll have two days to explore the sights starting with a walkingtour over the Charles Bridge to discover Hradcany Castle and St.Vitus’ Cathedral. Uncover the hidden treasures of the old town as younavigate through little lanes, alleys and courtyards. By night there’ssomething for everyone from jazz bars and hip DJs to opera. (3B, D)Prague / Kutna Hora / ViennaNext stop is the cultural hub of Vienna, from where the HabsburgEmperors once ruled huge swathes of Central Europe. This city wasdesigned to impress, and boasts a legacy of grand architectureincluding the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace and the Baroque-styleState Opera House. In the evening, you might like to see a classicalmusic concert in one of the city’s many theatres and palaces. (2B, D)Vienna / Bratislava / BudapestA quick stop in Bratislava before reaching Budapest, two cities rolledinto one. Buda and Pest sit on different sides of the river, but bringtogether the stunning buildings and atmosphere that makes Hungaryso romantic. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 11. (3B, D)InclusionsTrip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts)Transport: Air con coach with power pointsfor charging Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinnersGroup Leader: Trip Manager & Driver GroupSize: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes& service charges are included Tour Code:COBBABDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMay 08 May 18May 22 Jun 01STARTFINISHJun 19 Jun 29Jul 03 Jul 13START FINISHJul 17 Jul 27Aug 21 Aug 31ENGLISHCHANNELNORTH SEAEdamAmsterdamParis 2LucerneBurgundy2RegionFRANCE SwissAlpsDesigner Outlet MallMonaco2PyreneesMountains French2 RivieraSPAINBarcelona2MEDITERRANEAN SEAInclusionsTrip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts)Transport: Air con coach with power pointsfor charging Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 dinnersGroup Leader: Trip Manager & Driver GroupSize: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes andservice charges are included Tour Code: COBBIT/ COWWITDepartures 2015/16161616JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJanFebMar17 14 22 18 09 27 11 01 19 24 28 12 16 13 2030 18 29 27Berlin3POLANDGERMANYDresden3KutnaHoraCZECH REPViennaAUSTRIAPrague2Bratislava2BudapestHUNGARYAdditional departure dates are available, please ask for details.Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.80


EASTERN ROADBerlin Warsaw or BerlinFR$2,41513 DAYSHighlights• Soak up Berlin’s unbelievable nightlife• Admire the rebuilt city of Dresden• Sample Czech beers in Prague• Tuck into schnitzel and strudel• Relax in Budapest’s thermal spa baths• Check out Krakow’s beautiful old town• Visit Auschwitz concentration camp• Take a tour of Warsaw’s Jewish GhettoDepartures 2015START FINISHApr 26 May 08May 24 Jun 05Jun 07 Jun 19Jun 28 Jul 10START FINISHJul 12 Jul 24Jul 19 Jul 31Aug 02 Aug 14Aug 16 Aug 28START FINISHSep 06 Sep 18Sep 20 Oct 02Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts)Transport: Air con coach with power pointsfor charging Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinnersGroup Leader: Trip Manager & Driver GroupSize: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxesand service charges are included Tour Code:COBBRHBerlinWarsaw 2GERMANYCzestochowaDresdenAuschwitz2 Prague2Kutna KrakowHoraCZECH REPBanskaVienna2BystricaYou might like2AUSTRIA2POLANDBudapestHUNGARYOur Top Optional Activities• Schnaps museum visit & tasting• Uncover the East German secret policebackground on Eye Spy Berlin tour• Enjoy traditional Czech dinner &entertainmentTake a peek behind the former ‘Iron Curtain’ on this amazing six-country tour and find outexactly why Eastern Europe is right now one of the hottest destinations on the planet.From the edgy and exciting city of Berlin, you’ll visit historic Prague and cultured Vienna,the showcase capital of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. Straddle the Danube River asyou explore the twin cities of Buda and Pest before moving on into Poland, where you’llhave four nights to discover the sights and sounds of Krakow and Warsaw. The history andbeauty of these fascinating destinations will captivate your imagination.DAY01-02030405-0607-0809-1011-1213ITINERARYSzechenyi Baths, Budapest, HungaryBerlinArrive in Berlin, and meet your group over dinner. On Day 2, hit the ground running as you soakup the intoxicating mix of old and new in this ever-changing city. See commemorative artwork andgraffiti on the remains of the Berlin Wall, visit the sight of ‘Checkpoint Charlie’, explore the beautifulTiergarten and snap yourself under the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin is truly one of Europe’s mostexciting cities, and the nights are even more fun than the daytimes, so head out into the mix. (B, D)Berlin / Dresden / PragueMake a rewarding stop in historic Dresden on your way south to Prague. Dresden was almost totallydestroyed during World War II, having previously been known as the ‘Florence of the North’. It rosephoenix-like from the ashes and was painstakingly rebuilt in the Baroque style, so today you canadmire stunning architecture such as the Royal Residence, Opera House and Frauenkirche. (B, D)PragueYou have the full day to get to grips with the sights, the history and the flavoursome beer on offer inthis Bohemian beauty! Wander the maze of cobbled streets as you hunt for souvenirs and treasuresin the old town, stroll across the Charles Bridge to explore Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral,or bag yourself a prime spot on Wenceslas Square for some people-watching. (B)Prague / ViennaHead south through the Czech countryside via the small town of Kutna Hora on your way to exploreAustria’s cultural capital; Vienna. Take a scenic drive along the city’s showpiece Ring Road, andadmire the beautiful architecture of the Habsburg Palaces, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the elegantState Opera House. Day 6 is yours to stuff yourself silly with strudel and scream yourself hoarse onthe theme park rides at Prater Park. More cultured activities are available too, of course, you mightprefer to spend your time wandering through art galleries, admiring the jewellery collection of theHabsburgs, taking in an optional Mozart concert or checking out the schnaps museum! (2B)Vienna / BudapestOn Day 7, hop across the Hungarian border to visit Budapest. Head over to the castle district forlovely views along the Danube River, taking in sights such as the Church of St. Mattias, the ChainBridge and Hungary’s beautiful parliament building. The next day is a free day to explore; all yoursenses are surrounded by the history of this city; split into hilltop Buda and bustling Pest. (2B)Budapest / Banska Bystrica / KrakowTravel north through Slovakia and stop for lunch in Banska Bystrica before arriving in Krakow. On Day10, wander through the lively market stalls and enjoy a guided tour of the Cathedral and Royal Castleon Wawel Hill. Alternatively, choose an optional guided tour of the amazing salt mines. (2B, D)Krakow / Auschwitz / WarsawThis morning’s first stop is at the WWII concentration camp of Auschwitz to understand more aboutthe horrors of the Holocaust. Then head off to explore Warsaw; Poland’s revitalised capital where youcan immerse yourself in its impressive cultural scene and thriving nightlife. On Day 12, take a guidedtour of the old town, the Royal Palace and Warsaw’s Jewish Ghetto. (2B, D)Warsaw / BerlinThe tour ends after breakfast this morning, so it’s time to say goodbye and swap e-mail addresseswith your travelling mates. You can stay on in Warsaw or take the free transfer back to Berlin whereyour tour will end upon arrival. 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MontenegroBulgariaSCANDINAVIARUSSIAFR$1,875 PLUSFR$2,815Berlin or Copenhagen Stockholm 9 DAYS Stockholm Warsaw or Berlin14 DAYSEUROPEAN TOURINGHighlights• Three cool countries, three über-cool capital cities• Breathtaking views as you cruise the remote Geirangerfjord• Savour the flavours of Scandinavia’s distinctive cuisineDAY01-0203-0405-06070809InclusionsITINERARYBerlin / CopenhagenMeet your group in Berlin, and travel by ferry to Denmark’sharbourside capital, Copenhagen (or you can join here). On Day 2,take in the sights of the vibrant Nyhavn waterfront area and explorethe counter-cultural vibe in Christiania. This evening, why not enjoythe rides at the famous Tivoli Amusement Park? (B, D)Copenhagen / OsloTravel via Sweden to Oslo, Norway’s beautiful capital, where there’sa sightseeing tour and free time to explore its 9th Century Vikingships, harbour and National Gallery. (2B, D)Oslo / Voss / GeirangerfjordTravel across the starkly beautiful high mountain plateau ofHardangervidda to the adventure capital of Voss. On Day 6, head tothe Boyabreen Glacier in Skei and on to Norway’s longest and mostspectacular fjord, Sognefjord. (2B, D)Geirangerfjord / Lom / Lillehammer / GjovikCruise along the Geirangerfjord before admiring one of the fewremaining medieval ‘stave’ churches in Norway. Enjoy an optionalthrill ride down an Olympic bobsled track in Lillehammer! (B, D)Gjovik / StockholmTravel past Lake Vänern before arriving into Stockholm, where you’refree to explore this coolest of capitals. (B)StockholmTour ends today in Stockholm, but you might like to extend your tripto 12 days (Tour Code: COCCSH) with an overnight cruise across theBaltic Sea and a day to explore Helsinki. (B)Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hostels (7 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Air concoach with power points for charging, ferrycrossings Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners GroupLeader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size:Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & servicecharges included Tour Code: COCCSRSDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMay 16 May 24Jun 06 Jun 14STARTFINISHJun 20 Jun 28Jul 11 Jul 19START FINISHJul 18 Jul 26Aug 29 Sep 06Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.Geiranger1LomLillehammerSognefjord11Voss GjovikHardangerviddaNORWAY2OsloDENMARKNyhavn, Copehnagen2GERMANYSWEDENStockholmCopenhagenBerlin1Highlights• Cruise across the Baltic from super-cool Stockholm to Helsinki• Explore the breathtaking Hermitage in St. Petersburg• See the guards in Red Square and visit the grounds of the KremlinDAY01-0203-0405-0607-1011-1314InclusionsITINERARYStockholmCheck-in to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure in the verycool Swedish capital before dinner with your fellow travellers. Day 2is yours to explore the 14 islands of Stockholm, before boarding theovernight cruise to Helsinki. (B, D)Helsinki / St. PetersburgAt the forefront of Finland’s fashion and design scene, the quirkycity of Helsinki boasts any number of independent shops, bars andrestaurants, plus the remarkable fortress of Suomenlinna. On Day 4,cross the border into Russia to reach St. Petersburg. (2B, D)St. PetersburgTwo full days to explore the riches and palace-lined waterways ofthis enchanting city. Visit the Hermitage, one of the world’s leadingcultural museums. Take in a performance by the Russian Ballet, shopfor Matryoshka dolls or tuck into beef stroganoff and vodka! (2B)St. Petersburg / Novogorod / MoscowDiscover the ancient fort town of Novgorod and Tchaikovsky’s formerhouse in Klin, en route to Moscow. Here, you can visit the Kremlin,Red Square and the magnificent St. Basil’s Cathedral. (4B, 2D)Moscow / Minsk / WarsawTravel into Belarus for a locally-guided tour of Minsk, one of theleast westernised of all the former Eastern Bloc capitals. Visit theBrest Fortress and cross into Poland to head for Warsaw which ispacked with palaces, churches and mansions. Delve into the city’sdarker history with a guided tour of the old Jewish ghetto. (3B, 2D)Warsaw / BerlinTour ends in Warsaw, or you can catch a free transfer to Berlin. (B)Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels(12 nts), ferry (1 nt) Transport: Air con coachwith power points for charging, ferry crossingMeals: 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners Group Leader:Trip Manager & Driver Group Size: Max 53Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & service chargesincluded Tour Code: COCCRS (or you can startin Helsinki using tour code COCCRH)Departures 2015STARTFINISHMay 24 Jun 06Jun 14 Jun 27STARTFINISHJun 28 Jul 11Jul 19 Aug 01START FINISHJul 26 Aug 08Sep 06 Sep 19Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.SWEDENFINLANDGULF OFBOTHNIA St PetersburgHelsinki11St. Petersburg, Russia1 3Petrodvorets 1Stockholm NovgorodKlinBALTIC SEAMoscowMinskBerlin Brest 12 BELARUSWarsaw3Belgium82


OUTDOOR ESCAPELondon or Paris Amsterdam or LondonFR$2,61524 DAYSHighlights• Enjoy an exclusive ‘Paris by night’ tour• Soak in the fresh air of the Swiss Alps• ‘Hold up’ the Leaning Tower of Pisa• Meander Venice’s thriving markets• See ‘behind the scenes’ in Rome• Optional hike, bike or raft in the Tyrol• Sample Prague’s famous beer• Snap away at Berlin’s iconic sitesDepartures 2015START FINISHMay 15 Jun 07Jun 12 Jul 05START FINISHJul 10 Aug 02START FINISHJul 24 Aug 16Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Camping Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-sharetents including air mattresses (20 nts),hostels (3 nts) Transport: Modern, air concoach with power points for charging, ferrycrossings Meals: 23 breakfasts, 6 dinnersGroup Leader: Trip Manager & Driver GroupSize: Max 51 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxesand service charges are included Tour Code:COCCCDVENGLANDLondon13NORTH SEAFRANCEAmsterdamParisYou might like2Swiss AlpsMEDITERRANEANSEA3DresdenGERMANY3PisaFlorenceRomeBerlinPragueTyrolVeniceADRIATICSEAITALYShorten Your TripSouthern Escape(11 days, London to Rome)(COCCCAW) Fr $1,275Northern Escape(14 days, Rome to London)(COCCCAE) Fr $1,46923232If you love adventure but don’t want it to pull on your purse strings, hop on board this24-day adventure! Starting in London but kicking off in the romance-filled city of Paris,you’ll make your way through the snow-dusted peaks of the Swiss Alps and on to Florence’sfabulous flair. Passing through Rome’s historical streets, the winding canals of Venice andthe adrenalin-pumping full throttle region of the Austrian Tyrol. The final leg of the journeywill see you meandering the medieval maze of Prague, guzzling steins in the super-coolnightlife spot of Berlin and floating down Amsterdam’s famous canals. Wowee!DAY01-0304-0607-0809-1112-1415-1617-1920-24ITINERARYTyrol, AustriaLondon / ParisMeet your group in London (or later in Paris) then hop on a ferry across the Channel. Keep an eyeout for the World War I battlefields before rocking up at the ‘City of Lights’, where you have two freedays to explore and indulge. Whip out your camera for the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées and Notre Dame Cathedral, but keep your energy up for an exclusive ‘Paris by night’ tour thenopt for a Cabaret show and a glass of bubbles. Santé! (2B, D)Paris / Swiss AlpsSay ‘au revoir’ to Le Paris as you pass the lush vineyards of Burgundy en route to the Swiss Alpswhere two free days packed with adventure awaits. Feel on top of the world as you ride the cograilway up to the snow-covered Jungfrau Mountain (optional), then stretch your muscles as you hikeand bike around. (3B, D)Swiss Alps / FlorenceNext up is Pisa where you’ll find Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas with a lively street lifeto be discovered. Stop and check out Pisa’s architectural wonder keeping your camera handy for theiconic ‘holding up the tower’ shot before you’re off to Florence. Explore the magnificent buildings andsacred art within this atmospheric city and make sure you catch a glimpse of the Duomo, BasilicaSanta Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry and Piazza della Signoria while you’re here. (2B)Florence / RomePass through rural Umbria’s rolling hills and terraced vineyards on the way to Rome. Get to grips withthe city and enjoy a special access sightseeing tour - sure to give you a ‘behind the scenes’ view. Inyour two free days, don’t miss the iconic sights of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia,the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona, as well as St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. (3B, 2D)Rome / Venice / Austrian TyrolCriss-cross the Apennine Mountains before reaching the canal-lined city of Venice. Meander the‘Floating City’s’ alleyways to find grand squares, art-filled palazzos, quaint shops, bars and markets.See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square and enjoy a private boat ride of thecanals and islands. On Day 14, wind through the Austrian Alps via the scenic Brenner Pass taking inthe historic castles, orchards and quaint Austrian villages en route to the Tyrol region. (3B, D)Austrian TyrolThese free days are yours to choose your own adventure so get your adrenlin pumping with someexhilarating rafting, hiking and mountain biking options in these breathtaking mountain peaks. (2B)Austrian Tyrol / Prague / BerlinStunning views await today as you travel through the Austrian countryside en route to Prague. Snakeyour way through this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and sip bargain beer. Treat your eyesto the Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square or opt for aguided bike ride. On Day 19, cross the border into Berlin and explore this funky city. (3B, D)Berlin / Amsterdam / LondonWith two free days to explore this historical hotspot, visit the heart-rending Checkpoint Charlie, thecrossing point during the Cold War. On Day 22, prepare for a dose of Amsterdam. Visit the eyebrowraisingRed Light District then soak up the views of elegant canals and gable houses by night. Thenext day, cycle past working windmills to the cheese village of Edam (with a sneaky sample included).Toast your trip with an optional farewell dinner and canal cruise before finishing on Day 24 either atSchipol Airport (estimated arrival time 10am) or with a complimentary transfer back to London. (5B)EUROPEAN TOURING83


THE BIG CHILLLondon or Paris Amsterdam or LondonEUROPEAN TOURINGIRISH SEANORTH SEAGERMANYBELARUS BelarusENGLANDEdam2 AmsterdamPOLANDLondonRuhr ValleyDoverRhine ValleyCalaisSt GoarENGLISH CHANNEL2Heidelberg PragueUkraineUKRAINEValley of the Somme 13 Paris Dachau Cesky KrumlovVersailles22 BratislavaMunich Vienna 2Liechtenstein Budapest2 LucerneHUNGARYVeronaLyon 1 Swiss2ATLANTICAlpsOCEANROMANIAFRANCEVeniceArles Pisa 21 ZadarBLACK SEA2Monaco Florence Split3 Dubrovnik SofiaPyreneesITALY1Mountains FrenchRomeRiviera2 Durres Kavala Istanbul2Vatican City Pompeii Struga1112Barcelona1 BariEceabat 1Isle of SorrentoGallipoliSPAINTroyCapri3Corfu ThermopylaeIONIAN SEA2 AthensMEDITERRANEAN SEACorinth Canal1Highlights• Visit the stunning Versailles Palace• Admire the beauty of lakeside Lucerne• Visit Monaco’s exquisite Royal Palace• Take a trip to the idyllic Isle of Capri• Discover the Acropolis in Athens• Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli• Wander the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul• Enjoy a walking tour of DubrovnikDepartures 2015STARTFINISHApr 28 Jun 12May 26 Jul 10STARTFINISHJun 16 Jul 31Jul 07 Aug 21STARTFINISHJul 28 Sep 11Aug 21 Oct 05Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share tents,including air mattresses (40 nts), hotels (4nts), overnight ferry (1 nt) Transport: Air concoach with power points for charging, ferrycrossings Meals: 45 breakfasts, 29 dinnersGroup Leader: Trip Manager, Driver & Cook,exclusive on-site teams at villages Group Size:Max 46 Tour Code: COCCCAYou might likeOur Top Optional Activities:• Tour the ancient ruins of Pompeii• Belly dancing show in Istanbul• Island cruises in Corfu and DubrovnikShorten Your TripThe Southern Trail(21 days, London/Paris to Athens)(COCCCL) Fr $2,589The Northern Trek(26 days, Athens to Amsterdam/London)(COCCCR) Fr $3,185If you’re looking for an all-singing, all-dancing trip around Europe, look no further, you’vefound it right here. 46 days, 22 countries, one hell of an adventure - we are talking lifechanging! Not only will you tick off some European heavyweights - Paris, Barcelona, Rome,Vienna, Prague and Amsterdam, you’ll also discover some up and coming gems. Get off thebeaten trail and head to some truly unique destinations like Bulgaria’s chic and lively capitalSofia and witness a stunning sunset from the ruggedly beautiful Albanian coast. It’s campingalmost all of the way, with some hotel nights thrown in too!DAY01-0304-0607-0809-1011-1213-141516-1920-21ITINERARYLondon / ParisSet off from London and ferry across the Channel to Paris. This evening, enjoy a ‘Paris by Night’tour where you’ll see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the ‘Avenue of Diamonds and Rubies’illuminated in all their glory. Days 2 and 3 are free to explore the history and romance of the Frenchcapital. Explore its diverse quarters and admire its chic residents. You’ll also enjoy a trip to thecharming Palace of Versailles, the impressive home of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV. Ooh la la! (2B, 2D)Paris / Lyon / BarcelonaTravel through southern France and over the Pyrénées to the red-hot Catalonian city of Barcelona!There is plenty of time on Day 6 to check out the 1992 Olympic Games complex, admire Gaudi’sSagrada Familia and walk through the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas, stopping for some sangriaand tapas along the way! Head out to see an optional passionate flamenco show. (3B, 2D)Barcelona / Arles / French RivieraYou’ll enjoy the mellow drive through Provence, driving along the Côte d’Azur, towards the glisteningscenery of the French Riviera. On Day 8, look out for celebs as you stroll the palm-fringed promenadein Nice. Tonight, head to Monte Carlo to see the Royal Palace and visit a casino. (2B, 2D)French Riviera / Verona / VeniceToday you’ll stop in Verona to see Romeo and Juliet’s balcony, then it’s on to Venice. On Day 10,wander the arty backstreets and alleys and follow the canals to find sights such as the Bridge ofSighs, the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square. Why not opt in for a gondola ride too? (2B, 2D)Venice / Pisa / FlorencePassing the glorious Apennine Mountains and the rolling hills of Tuscany, you’ll get a chance to takea photo of the Leaning Tower in Pisa, en route to Florence. Here, a local guide explains the history ofthe city and shows you the city sights including the Basilica Santa Croce and the Baptistry. (2B, D)Florence / RomeGet set to experience a mouth-watering plate full of Roman delights like the Piazza Venezia, the TreviFountain and the Pantheon on a walking tour. You’ll relish the ancient history of the Roman Forumand the Colosseum and can opt in for a tour of the Vatican Museums too. Mind the Vespas! (2B, D)Rome / Capri / SorrentoIt’s off to Naples and then a boat ride to the main marina on the Isle of Capri. Soak up its sweepingviews and head into the white-washed villages where you could try some sweet limoncello. When youarrive back into the dramatically-set resort of Sorrento, find a local trattoria to dine Italian-style. (B)Sorrento / CorfuToday, choose to opt in for a tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins, then it’s on to the overnight ferry forCorfu. Prepare for some sublime Greek rays over the next three days, though there is plenty to do ifyou can pull yourself off the beach! Check out Corfu Town’s Venetian Fortress or sign yourself up foran optional island sailing cruise. (4B, D)Corfu / AthensLeave the beach vibes of Corfu behind you and travel across the Corinth Canal to the mythologicalcity of Athens. Check out the ancient wonders of the city on Day 21 and feel its gritty urban soul.See the Acropolis, the cobbled streets of Plaka and wander the site of the first modern Olympics.(2B, 2D)84


FR$5,11946 DAYSSwiss AlpsIsle of Capri, ItalyEUROPEAN TOURINGBlue Mosque, IstanbulSveti Stefan, Montenegro22-2324-2526-2728-2930-3132-3435-3637-3839-4041-424344-4546Athens / Kavala / GallipoliJourney Greece’s coastline, past Mt. Olympus, to harbourside Kavala. It’s then over to Turkey on Day23 as you make a pilgrimage through the historic Gallipoli battlefields, site of one of World War I’smost notorious and bloodiest chapters. You’ll also check out ANZAC Cove. (2B, 2D)Gallipoli / IstanbulFerry across the Dardanelles and visit Troy before continuing on to Istanbul. Savour the incrediblemosaic of sights in this diverse city. Explore the magnificent Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar and trybartering for unique souvenirs at one of the city’s markets. (2B, D)Istanbul / Sofia / StrugaTraverse the plains of Bulgaria to Sofia; a city with a curious blend of socialist heritage and modernEuropean living. Witness its extraordinary Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Cut across Macedonia to thered-roofed houses, sidewalk cafés and village atmosphere of Struga near Lake Ohrid. (2B, 2D)Struga / Durres / DubrovnikCross into Albania and on to Durres where steep mountains plunge deep into the Adriatic Sea. Continuealong the sparkling coastline through tiny Montenegro toward the picturesque, walled city of Dubrovnik,one of Croatia’s most beautiful cities and classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. (2B, 2D)DubrovnikFind historic buildings, modern galleries and amazing seafood in this stunning town. See the fortifiedcity and the Old Port where you can enjoy a sunset drink with views of the Adriatic. You also have achance to get away from the crowds with an optional swimming cruise along the coast. (2B, D)Dubrovnik / Zadar / BudapestHead up the Dalmatian Coast, stopping in beautiful Split to visit Diocletian’s Palace. Then travel onto seaside Zadar. On Day 32 continue north, following the serene River Danube to one of the mostbeautiful cities in Europe; Budapest. Get acquainted with the sights on a city tour taking in the twincities Buda and Pest. On Day 34, explore the lively arts, café and music scene or head to one of thefamous thermal spas. (3B, 2D)Budapest / Bratislava / ViennaA short drive through the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and you’re in Europe’s cultural heavyweight;Vienna. Day 36 gives you the chance to explore the historic summer home of the mighty Habsburgs,Schönbrunn Palace, and see the city’s impressive Opera House. (2B, D)Vienna / Ceský Krumlov / PragueStop in the picture-perfect Bohemian town, Ceský Krumlov, as you travel to Prague. On Day 38, you’lldiscover why it’s known as the ‘City of a Thousand Spires’ as you enjoy a walking tour of the old town,Charles Bridge, Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral. (2B, D)Prague / MunichStop at the sombre Dachau concentration camp memorial as you travel on to the Bavarian capital,Munich. On Day 40, check out the sights and sounds of the city then head to the beer halls for sometraditional German entertainment. (2B, D)Munich / Liechtenstein / Lucerne / Swiss AlpsA quick stop in tiny Liechtenstein before heading to the lakeside beauty of Lucerne. See the 14thCentury wooden Chapel Bridge then continue to tonight’s special stopover in the Swiss Alps. On Day42, opt to take the cog railway train to the top of Jungfrau Mountain. (2B, 2D)Swiss Alps / HeidelbergYou travel back into Germany today and make a stop in Heidelberg, famous for its large studentpopulation and medieval castle. (B, D)Heidelberg / AmsterdamYou’re on the home stretch and headed for Amsterdam where you’ll visit a cheese farm and clogmaker’s house. On Day 45, let loose and explore the museums and café culture before your last nightout at one of the many nightclubs in town. (2B)Amsterdam / LondonAfter saying your sad farewells, take a morning transfer to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10am)or choose the complimentary transfer back to central London. (B)85


SMALL GROUP ADVENTURESSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESYou’ve worked out Europe is a pretty bigplace and you’ve decided not to try to tackleit alone. Smart move. We can’t order a beer inthat many languages either.Our small group adventures are perfect foranyone who enjoys the convenience of prearrangedtravel with the flexibility to do yourown thing, and you’ll generally travel with nomore than 18 like-minded folks. Some tripsare designed exclusively for those aged 18-39, while others are open to explorers of allages. All the trips offered by our partner, GAdventures, are 100% guaranteed to operate.Choose from basic, standard and superiorlevels of accommodation, and opt for either amulti-country small group adventure or a morein-depth discovery of your favourite cornerof this diverse continent - perhaps the beachlifestyle of Spain or the fine food and wine ofFrance? Whatever you choose, we think a smallgroup adventure is pretty hard to beat.


LONDON TO ISTANBUL BY RAILLondon IstanbulFR$5,69925 DAYSHighlights• Sip wine and munch cheese in Paris• Discover the tiny village of Zermatt• Enjoy views from the Glacier Express• Visit the Opera House in Vienna• Sink into thermal baths in Budapest• Spook yourself silly at Dracula’s Castle• Wander medieval Veliko Tarnovo• Stretch out in the old town of PlovdivDepartures 2015START FINISHMay 25 Jun 18Jun 08 Jul 02Jun 22 Jul 16InclusionsSTART FINISHJul 20 Aug 13Aug 17 Sep 10Aug 24 Sep 17START FINISHSep 07 Oct 01Trip Style: Rail Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: AnyAccommodation: Hotels/pensions (22 nts),overnight train (2 nts) Transport: Train, publicbus, metro Meals: 20 breakfasts, 1 lunchBudget: Allow EUR €750-950 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12Tour Code: GAEEIRMy Own Room Available: Fr $2,299BucharestLondonBudapestMunich SalzburgChurBrasovParisViennaVelikoSighisoara TarnovoLausanneZermatt Sofia PlovdivIstanbul12FRANCEGERMANYYou might like11122POLAND12UKRAINE121TURKEYEurope by Rail with Glacier Express(13 days, London to Budapest)(GAEEBR) Fr $3,499Budapest to Istanbul by Rail(13 days, London to Budapest)(GAEABI) Fr $2,2491211Whether you are looking for Europe’s most famous highlights or its undiscovered treasures,the answer lies aboard the trains running between London and Istanbul. This 25-dayrail journey allows you to check out the dramatic landscapes across Europe, as well asexperiencing both medieval charm and modern cool in tiny villages and capital cities. Takein the Alpine scenery from the windows of the Glacier Express, step off to visit ‘Dracula’sCastle’ in Transylvania and revel in as much European charm as you can get. Once you’veseen the countryside glide past, you won’t want the journey to end. All aboard!DAY01-0405-0809-1213-1516-1819-2122-25ITINERARYLondon / Paris / LausanneRock up into London at any time on Day 1 and soak up the sights and sounds of this city. On Day 2,board the famous Eurostar to the ‘City of Love’ where you’ll get your bearings with an orientationwalk around the city. Marvel at the Eiffel Tower, wander the dozens of museums, stroll aroundLuxembourg Gardens then chill out along the banks of the Seine. After working up an appetite, minglewith locals and get your tastebuds tingling with vintage wines and smelly cheeses. Day 4, board yourtrain to Lausanne, Switzerland where you’ll spend the afternoon exploring this charming town. (3B)Zermatt / Chur / MunichHop on another train to Zermatt, a tiny village in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Spend the afternoon inthe car-free centre or stretch your legs with a hike in the nearby mountains. Day 6, board the GlacierExpress for a slow and stunning ride through the Alps. Pass lush meadows, rushing streams, bridges,villages and towering mountains as you glide towards Chur. Day 7-8 you’re Munich-bound. In theheart of the Bavaria, hit the local breweries to guzzle a few steins of beer. Flush away any hangoverthe next morning with a slow stroll around the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. (4B, L)Salzburg / Vienna / BudapestEnjoy an included visit to Dachau in the morning before a short train ride to Salzburg, Austria. Knownfor its nearby salt mines, Mozart and as the setting for ‘The Sound of Music’, Salzburg has plentyto pack into a day and a half. On Day 11, catch a train to Vienna then opt to visit the famous operahouse. Why not join a city tour or visit a world-class museum before munching irresistible strudel ina cafe? Make the most of a free morning on Day 12 before hopping on a train to Budapest. (4B)Budapest / SighisoaraEnjoy two full days in Budapest starting with an orientation walk. Choose to visit Buda Castle, themany famous thermal baths or take a bike tour of the city. In the evening on Day 14, get your shuteyeon an overnight train to Sighisoara. On Day 15, step away from the well-trodden tourist trail asyou venture into the Romanian countryside with a guide to visit traditional villages. (B)Brasov / BucharestAnother day of riding the rails will take you to the city of Brasov, the best-preserved medieval cityin Romania. Discover the ‘Black Church’ or enjoy a milky coffee in one of the many quaint cafés.When you find some free time on your hands, explore this charming city’s Baroque architecture andbeautiful squares. Your next stop on Day 18 is Bucharest via ‘Dracula’s Castle’ at Bran and Snagov.See the sights with an orientation walk then explore the Soviet-esque architecture. (3B)Veliko Tarnovo / SofiaCross the border into Bulgaria and you’re off to one of the oldest cities in the world, Veliko Tarnovo.Wander the medieval town, visit the museums or taste some mouthwatering Bulgarian cuisine.Choose to visit Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city. Day 20, hike to Arbanasi village for viewsover the city then depart the next day for Sofia where you’ll get your bearings with an orientationwalk. Later, walk down Vitosha or visit the eclectic Ladies’ Market. (2B)Plovdiv / IstanbulTravel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city. Visit the hilly old town, museums or the Theatre ofAncient Philippopolis, one of the many ancient Roman ruins found here. Catch your overnight train toIstanbul on Day 23. The following day, take a tour of Istanbul with a local Turkish guide. On your freetime, discover the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sofia and the Topkapi Palace. Toast to your epicadventure in the city that straddles both Europe and Asia before departing the next day. (3B)SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES87


LONDON TO ROMEADVENTUREROME TO BUDAPESTFR$1,649 ON A SHOESTRINGFR$1,999London Rome 8 DAYS Rome Budapest10 DAYSSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESTrevi Fountain, RomeHighlights• Visit the Louvre in Paris and see priceless works of art• Enjoy some adrenalin-pumping outdoor activities in the Swiss Alps• Step back in time as you explore the historic streets of RomeDanube River, BudapestHighlights• Hike in the verdant hills above Tuscany’s famous Cinque Terre• Wander the art-filled streets in the Renaissance city of Florence• Explore the historic hills of Buda and the modern plains of PestDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY010203-05London / ParisAfter meeting the rest of your group in London today, make your wayto Paris on the overnight bus service.ParisUpon arrival in Paris, take an orientation walk to introduce you tothis wonderful city and enjoy a picnic lunch (included) under theEiffel Tower. Spend the rest of the day discovering the unmistakableParisian sense of style. Perhaps enjoy a sightseeing cruise along theRiver Seine, browse the romantic lanes of Montmartre, or check outthe outstanding art collection of the Louvre. (L)InterlakenHead into Switzerland to enjoy the Alpine adventure playgroundof Interlaken. If you’ve ever wanted to try hang gliding, whitewaterrafting or rock climbing, this is the place. The the twin valleys ofGrindelwald and Lauterbrunnen are both picture-perfect. (3B)0102-0405-06RomeArrive into Rome today and head out to explore some of the Italiancapital’s famous sights such as the Colosseum, Spanish Steps and theTrevi Fountain. Meet the rest of your group this afternoon/evening.Viareggio (Tuscany)Using the popular seaside resort of Viareggio as your base, discoverthe highlights of Tuscany and the famous rolling countryside ofCinque Terre. Day trips are included to see sights as varied as theLeaning Tower of Pisa and the elegant and cultured city of Florence.VeniceA scenic train ride takes you to Venice, one of the few cities thatis genuinely like nowhere else on the planet. This ‘Floating City’ isbest explored on foot, wandering through the labyrinth of alleys andstreets, or take a gondola ride to appreciate its ancient bridges andopulent mansions. On Day 6, travel by overnight train to Vienna.06MilanThe bustling city of Milan is renowned worldwide as a centre forfashion and style. Keep an eye out for catwalk supermodels browsingtheir favourite designer boutiques, as you enjoy some of the city’ssightseeing highlights today on an orientation walk. Travel byovernight train to Rome. (B)07-08ViennaOn arrival into Vienna, you have plenty of free time to explore.This former home of the Austro-Hungarian Empire boasts manyreminders of its imperial past, including the magnificent SchönbrunnPalace. Marvel at the priceless jewels housed in the Schatzkammer(Treasury), or pay an optional visit to the Vienna Riding School.07-08RomeOn arrival into Rome, spend the day checking out famous sights fromthe glory days of the Roman Empire, including the Colosseum andRoman Forum. Don’t miss a trip to the Vatican City to admire thepainted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The tour ends on Day 8, andyou’re free to depart at any time. (B)09-10BudapestTravel on to Budapest where you’ll take a walking tour then enjoya free afternoon to explore. Check out the beautiful Parliamentbuilding, wander the streets of the old town or soak in the famousthermal baths. On Day 10, wave goodbye to your travel companionsas your adventure concludes today.InclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (6 nts),train (1 nt) Transport: Train, public bus, metroMeals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: AllowEUR €280-380 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) GroupSize: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAEELRDepartures 2015STARTFINISHApr 20 Apr 27May 04 May 11May 09 May 16May 18 May 25May 25 Jun 01Jun 01 Jun 08Jun 06 Jun 13STARTFINISHJun 15 Jun 22Jun 29 Jul 06Jul 04 Jul 11Jul 13 Jul 20Jul 27 Aug 03Aug 01 Aug 08Aug 10 Aug 17START FINISHAug 15 Aug 22Aug 24 Aug 31Sep 07 Sep 14Sep 12 Sep 19Sep 20 Sep 27Oct 05 Oct 12LondonSPAINNORTH SEA2ParisFRANCEMilanMEDITERRANEANSEAGERMANY3InterlakenITALY1RomeADRIATICSEAPOLANDInclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (8nts), train (1 nt) Transport: Train, public bus,metro Meals: No meals included Budget: AllowEUR €220-320 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEIRHDepartures 2015STARTFINISHApr 27 May 06May 11 May 20May 25 Jun 03Jun 01 Jun 10Jun 08 Jun 17STARTFINISHJun 22 Jul 01Jul 06 Jul 15Jul 20 Jul 29Aug 03 Aug 12Aug 17 Aug 26START FINISHAug 31 Sep 09Sep 14 Sep 23Sep 27 Oct 06Oct 12 Oct 21GERMANYVeniceITALYMEDITERRANEANSEACZECHREPViennaAUSTRIA3 FlorenceViareggioRome 11AEGEANSEA21Budapest88


BUDAPEST TO BERLINON A SHOESTRINGBERLIN TO LONDONFR$1,349 ON A SHOESTRINGFR$1,399Budapest Berlin 8 DAYS Berlin London7 DAYSHighlights• Gawk at the spectacular views over Pest from the hills of Buda• Soak up the incredible beauty and charm in historic Prague• Relax with friends over a stein of beer in a Berlin beer gardenKrakow, PolandHighlights• Explore trendy Berlin and soak up Amsterdam’s laid-back vibe• Admire the stunning, fairy-tale like Bruges and its canals• Finish with a ‘bang’ in the buzzing capital of LondonBruges, BelgiumSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0203-0405-06BudapestArrive to Budapest, where two cities roll into one. Spend the next dayexploring this charming Hungarian capital. Enjoy sweeping panoramasfrom the hills of Buda, wander the buzzing streets of Pest, check outthe beautiful Parliament building, or relax in the thermal baths. In theevening of Day 2, catch a night train to Krakow.KrakowEnjoy an orientation walk through beautiful Krakow, a treasure troveof Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Walk up Kosciuszko’s Moundfor the best panoramic views over the city. Spend the next dayexploring at your own pace. Perhaps choose to visit Auschwitz, NaziGermany’s largest concentration camp, travel to see old salt mines orstay in the city to explore the Jewish Quarter.PragueThis morning take a bus to Prague and enjoy an orientation walkaround town including a visit to a genuine beer hall. The next dayis all yours to discover all the hidden treasures of the old town.Walk across the Charles Bridge to visit Hradcany Castle and St.Vitus’ Cathedral, wander the cobblestoned streets and explore thebeautiful alleys and courtyards. Later, enjoy some people watchingin Wenceslas Square and relax with a glass of one of the best (andcheapest) beers in the world!01-0203-0405BerlinArrive to the trendy German capital of Berlin at any time today andmeet your group. There is so much to discover; from top museums,galleries and historical monuments to an unbeatable undergroundclub scene. Start your explorations with an included bike tour, thenopt to visit Checkpoint Charlie Museum, see the Berlin Wall andBrandenburg Gate. Don’t forget to enjoy Berlin’s famous nightlife.AmsterdamToday takes you to trendy yet historic Amsterdam. Soak up the city’srelaxing atmosphere and start exploring its canals, museums andbeautiful parks. Enjoy a sightseeing hop on, hop off canal boat tourand admire the elegant gabled townhouses lining the canals. Makesure you don’t miss the famous Van Gogh Museum, visit Anne Frank’shouse, sample some beer at a local brewery, and check out the city’sinfamous Red Light District.BrugesTravel to the picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals of Brugesand enjoy an included orientation walk to get to grips with thehistoric sights and visit a local brewery. Later, continue exploring thismedieval town and its beautiful market squares, stunning churchesand inviting restaurants. Opt to take a canal boat trip or cyclearound the historic centre.07-08BerlinCatch a train to Germany and explore bustling Berlin on anorientation walk. See the remaining sections of the Berlin Wall, strollthrough Alexanderplatz, visit the Jewish Memorial, Brandenburg Gateand Reichstag before enjoying the city’s brilliant nightlife with thegroup. Your trip ends on Day 8.06-07LondonA bus ride will take you to the bustling metropolis of London today.This city is pumping with energy and has something for everyone. Seethe world-famous sights, go shopping and wander the city’s parksbefore an optional final night out with the group. Sadly, your tripwraps up on Day 7 and it’s time to bid your farewells.InclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Hostels (6 nts), overnighttrain (1 nt) Transport: Train, bus, metro Meals:No meals included Budget: Allow EUR €200-250 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16,Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEJBBDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMay 06 May 13May 20 May 27Jun 03 Jun 10Jun 10 Jun 17Jun 17 Jun 24STARTFINISHJul 01 Jul 08Jul 15 Jul 22Jul 29 Aug 05Aug 12 Aug 19Aug 26 Sep 02STARTFINISHSep 09 Sep 16Sep 23 Sep 30Oct 06 Oct 13Oct 21 Oct 28GERMANYITALYPragueMEDITERRANEANSEABerlin12CZECH REPBudapestAEGEANSEAPOLANDKrakow12HUNGARYInclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (6 nts)Transport: Train, bus, metro, ferry Meals: Nomeals included Budget: Allow EUR €210-300for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16,Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEDBLDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMay 13 May 19May 27 Jun 02Jun 10 Jun 16Jun 17 Jun 23Jun 24 Jun 30STARTFINISHJul 08 Jul 14Jul 22 Jul 28Aug 05 Aug 11Aug 19 Aug 25Sep 02 Sep 08STARTFINISHSep 16 Sep 22Sep 30 Oct 06Oct 13 Oct 19Oct 28 Nov 03NORTHSEAENGLANDLondon Amsterdam11BrugesMEDITERRANEANSEA2GERMANY2BerlinADRIATICSEA89


EUROPEAN TRAILLondon LondonNORTH SEASMALL GROUP ADVENTURESIRISH SEAENGLANDLondon1ENGLISH CHANNELParisAmsterdam121ATLANTIC OCEANFRANCESPAINMEDITERRANEAN SEA2BrugesInterlakenGERMANY3Viareggio3Rome32Venice2ITALYBerlinPragueViennaPOLAND222HUNGARYIONIAN SEAKrakowBudapestHighlights• Tour nine beautiful countries• Soak up iconic landmarks• Delve into fascinating history• Discover medieval towns• Pedal around famous cities• Savour regional wine and tasty dishes• Party in Europe’s nightlife capitals• Snap away at picturesque landscapesDepartures 2015START FINISHApr 20 May 19May 04 Jun 02May 18 Jun 16May 25 Jun 23Jun 01 Jun 30InclusionsSTART FINISHJun 15 Jul 14Jun 29 Jul 28Jul 13 Aug 11Jul 27 Aug 25Aug 10 Sep 08START FINISHAug 24 Sep 22Sep 07 Oct 06Sep 20 Oct 19Oct 05 Nov 03Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels/hostels(26 nts, multishare), sleeper train (3 nts)Transport: Train, public bus, metro, ferryMeals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR €500-750for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16,Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEEETNatural History Museum, Vienna, AustriaYou might likeSplit Your Journeysee pages 88-89One, two, three, you ready? You’d better be because this whistlestop tour through the OldWorld’s greatest cities doesn’t slow down for stragglers. Geared for wallet-tight travellers,this epic trip is a great way to tick off an entire continent in one swift swoop. Frompounding the busy streets of London and sipping lattes in the crème de la crème of Parisiancafés, to Mother Nature’s Swiss Alps and the rugged beauty of Italy’s Cinque Terre. Add onthe Eastern European charm of Budapest and Krakow and the party capitals of Berlin andAmsterdam before a final toast in a London boozer and you’ve got Europe in a box.DAY01-0203-050607-0809-1112-1314-15ITINERARYLondon / ParisRock up in London at 6pm and meet your travel group before catching the Eurostar to Paris. Thenext day, get your wicker baskets out and munch away on a tasty picnic in front of one of themost iconic landmarks in the world, the Eiffel Tower. If time is in your favour, enjoy a chilled-outsightseeing cruise along the River Seine, browse the romantic lanes of Montmartre, or opt to visit themagnificent Notre Dame cathedral. (L)InterlakenSpend the next morning in the love-laced, culture-crazy city of Paris. Why not check out theoutstanding art collection of the Louvre? You’ll then be on your way into Switzerland to enjoy theAlpine adventure playground of Interlaken. If you’ve ever wanted to try hang gliding, whitewaterrafting or rock climbing, this is the place! Whilst you’re here, explore a nearby glacier or go swimmingin a crystal clear lake - both picture-perfect.MilanThe bustling city of Milan is renowned worldwide as a centre for fashion and style. This is the placewhere Armani, Versace, Prada, Gucci and many more designers showcased their cutting-edge styleson runways for the world to see. Keep an eye out for catwalk supermodels browsing the new-seasonstyles at their favourite designer boutiques. Whilst you’re here, strut your stuff around some of thecity’s hotspots on an orientation walk. You’ll then board an overnight train to the ancient Italian cityof Rome.RomeOn arrival into Rome, spend the day checking out famous sights from the glory days of the RomanEmpire, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Don’t miss a trip to the Vatican City to admirethe painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. And no trip to Rome would be complete without some of itsculinary treats so make sure you tuck into some scrumptious Italian dishes and sip some delicioustongue-tingling wine.Viareggio (Tuscany)Make a pit stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa en route to coastal Tuscany. Using the popular seasideresort of Viareggio as your base, discover the region’s highlights including the famous rollingcountryside of Cinque Terre and the elegant city of Florence. Make sure you bring your camera on anevening stroll to Piazzale Michelangelo for breathtaking views over Florence.VeniceA scenic train ride takes you to Venice. This ‘Floating City’ is best explored on foot, so enjoy anorientation walk, wandering through the labyrinth of alleys and alongside the canals. Opt to take atraditional gondola ride to appreciate its ancient bridges and opulent mansions and visit the artisanislands of Murano and Burano, the Basilica di San Marco or Doge’s Palace. On Day 13, hop on yourovernight train to Vienna.ViennaOn arrival into Vienna, you have plenty of free time to explore the imperial streets of Austria’scapital. This former home of the Austro-Hungarian Empire boasts many reminders of its imperialpast, including the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. Check out grand buildings and palaces, wanderthe gardens and museums, marvel at the priceless jewels housed in the Schatzkammer (Treasury), orpay an optional visit to the Vienna Riding School. Make sure you sample some tasty pilsner (a type ofpale lager) whilst you’re here - it’s de-lish!90


FR$5,99930 DAYSTrevi Fountain, RomeBig Ben, LondonSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESBerlin Wall, Berlin, GermanyPrague, Czech Republic16-1819-2021-2223-2526-27282930BudapestTravel on to Budapest where you’ll take a walking tour then enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Checkout the beautiful Parliament building, wander the streets of the old town or enjoy a relaxing soak inone of the famous Ottoman-era, art nouveau or modern thermal baths. If you fancy getting a culturekick, head to Memento Park, the Great Synagogue or the Holocaust Memorial Centre whilst you’rehere. On Day 18, you’ll be off on a night train to Krakow.KrakowWelcome to Krakow. Once a royal capital for 500 years and one of the oldest cities in Poland, Krakowis teeming with many historic buildings and monuments. First up, enjoy an orientation walk throughbeautiful Krakow, a treasure trove of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Walk up Kosciuszko’sMound for the best panoramic views over the city. Spend the next day exploring at your own pace.Perhaps choose to visit Auschwitz, Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camp, travel to see old saltmines or stay in the city to explore the Jewish Quarter.PragueThis morning take a bus to Prague and enjoy an orientation walk around town including a visit to agenuine beer hall where you can guzzle down some of Prague’s finest pints. The next day is all yoursto discover all the hidden treasures of the old town. Walk across the Charles Bridge to visit HradcanyCastle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral, wander the cobblestone streets, and explore the beautiful alleys andcourtyards. Later, enjoy some people watching in Wenceslas Square and relax with a glass of oneof the best (and cheapest) beers in the world! If you’ve got bags of energy, why not head out for anevening out on the town?BerlinThis morning, catch a train to Germany where you’ll pedal around bustling Berlin on an includedbike tour. See the remaining sections of Berlin Wall, stroll through Alexanderplatz, visit the JewishMemorial, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Reichstag. Chill out at one of its jampackedcafés or join the raving frenzy in one of its many super clubs that cater to every possibletaste of music. And, there’s definitely no need to worry about closing times; famously long nights anddaytime clubs mean that sleep isn’t even an option!AmsterdamToday takes you to trendy yet historic Amsterdam. Soak up the city’s relaxing atmosphere and startexploring its canals, museums and beautiful parks. Enjoy a sightseeing hop-on, hop-off canal boattour and admire elegant gabled townhouses lining the canals. Take to two wheels and explore thecity by bike (most people do), chill out in one of its famous cafés and sample some beer at a localbrewery. Just make sure you don’t miss the recently-reopened Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank’s house andthe city’s infamous Red Light District where you can be rest assured that its wild nightlife will keepyou dancing until the early hours.BrugesTravel to the picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals of the Belgian city of Bruges, and enjoy anincluded orientation walk to get to grips with the historic sights. Enjoy a visit to a local brewery andperhaps treat yourself and your tastebuds to a pint or two! Later, continue exploring this medievaltown and its beautiful guildhouses, stunning churches and meandering lanes. If you fancy exploringmore of this quaint city, opt to take to the water on a canal boat trip or pedal around the historiccentre by bike.LondonA bus ride will take you to the bustling metropolis of London today. This city is pumping with energyand has something for everyone. See the world-famous sights including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace,Westminster Abbey and take in the oddly-shaped and funky buildings known as the Gherkin and theShard. Browse the many department stores in Oxford Street picking up a few treats along the wayand stroll through the city’s royal parks. If you’re still bursting with energy, opt for a final night outwith your new group either in the local boozer, in a vibrant cocktail bar or in one of London’s supercool clubs. Raise your glass with your new friends and toast to an incredible trip.LondonSadly, your trip wraps up on Day 30 and after a month on the road exploring the best of Europe’scities, you’re free to depart at any time. Bid your farewells and start planning your next travellingadventure!Pisa, Italy91


LONDON TO MARRAKECHEXPRESSBEST OFFR$2,899 NORTHERN SPAINFR$2,049London Marrakech 15 DAYS Barcelona Madrid8 DAYSSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESChefchaouen, MoroccoHighlights• Meet the ghost of Moorish Spain at Granada’s graceful Alhambra• Sample patatas bravas, chorizo and paella on a tapas bar crawl• Explore the sensory overload of Morocco’s medinas and kasbahsMadrid, SpainHighlights• Enjoy the food, art and culture of the Catalan and Basque provinces• Visit the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao’s modernist masterpiece• Sample fine Rioja wines in Logrono, a city surrounded by vineyardsDAY0102-0304-0607-0809-1011-1314-15ITINERARYLondon / ParisMeet in London late afternoon and catch the Eurostar train to Paris.ParisTwo days in the romantic city of Paris, with a picnic lunch included atthe foot of the Eiffel Tower and plenty of free time to explore. (2B, L)BarcelonaCatch a flight to Barcelona today and start with an orientation walkto introduce the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas; explore the port ofBarceloneta or spend a lazy day on the beach. On Day 6, catch theovernight bus to Granada. (3B)Granada / SevilleSee Moorish influences on a walking tour of Granada and a guidedvisit to the Alhambra. In Seville, explore the former home of Muslimand Christian royalty, the Alcazar, or take in a flamenco show. (B)ChefchaouenCross by ferry into Morocco and enjoy an orientation walk throughthis mysterious blue village perched high in the Rif Mountains. Opt tohike through the mountains and be mesmerised by nearby waterfalls.Fes / CasablancaToday, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fes El-Bali, theworld’s largest medina, and its bargain-filled souks. On Day 13,discover the art-deco and modernist gems of Casablanca. (2B)MarrakechWitness the acrobats, fortune tellers and snake charmers of theDjemaa el-Fna square, with its rows of irresistible open-air foodstalls. You’re free to leave at any time on Day 15. (2B)DAY0102-0304050607-08ITINERARYBarcelonaThe well-defined provinces of Spain are fiercely proud of their ownindividual culture and heritage, as you’ll notice when you arrive todayin Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia. If time permits, head out toexplore the city before meeting your group this evening.Barcelona / Pyrenees MountainsStart the day with an orientation walk of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarterbefore heading into the Pyrenees Mountains for a two-night stay in a‘casa rural’, or converted farmhouse, where you’ll enjoy home-cookedmeals and some optional hikes in this beautiful region. (2B, 2D)San SebastianCatch a bus to the stylish seaside resort of San Sebastian, your firststop in the Basque Country, where you can opt to take a tapas tour tolearn about the region’s distinctive food and language. (B)Bilbao / San SebastianDay trip to the bustling city of Bilbao to explore the Casco Viejo (OldQuarter) and visit the art installations on display at the Guggenheim,Frank Gehry’s iconic building covered in titanium panels. (B)LogronoHead inland to the lovely and crazily underrated city of Logrono, atthe heart of the Rioja wine-producing region. It would be a crime notto sample the region’s local vintages, so we’ve included a wine tastingsession. Head to ‘pintxo street’ this evening to sample great tapas. (B)MadridTravel to Madrid for an orientation walk and a free afternoon andevening in Spain’s capital city (and the only place on this trip whereSpanish is the first language!). Depart at any time on Day 8. (B)InclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels (13 nts),overnight bus (1 nts) Transport: Bus, air concoach, train, plane, ferry Meals: 10 breakfasts,1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR €320-400 for mealsnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 16,Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEEMEDepartures 2015Mar - DecSelected SaturdaysATLANTICOCEANCasablancaMOROCCOLondonSPAINParisNORTHSEAFRANCEBarcelonaSeville1 1Granada2Chefchaouen12Fes1Marrakech23InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (5 nts), casa rural (2nts) Transport: Public bus Meals: 6 breakfasts,2 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €240-300for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAESNSMy Own Room Available: Fr $689Departures 2015STARTFINISHMay 17 May 24May 31 Jun 07Jun 14 Jun 21Jun 27 Jul 04STARTFINISHJul 11 Jul 18Jul 26 Aug 02Aug 09 Aug 16Aug 23 Aug 30START FINISHSep 13 Sep 20Sep 20 Sep 27Sep 27 Oct 04Oct 11 Oct 18ATLANTICOCEANSPAINFRANCESan SebastianBilbao 2PyreneesLogrono12Madrid11BarcelonaMEDITERRANEANSEA92


BEST OF SPAIN &PORTUGALROME TO MADRIDFR$3,199 ON A SHOESTRINGFR$2,899Lisbon Barcelona 15 DAYS Rome Madrid16 DAYSAlgarve, PortugalHighlights• See stunning mosaics in Lisbon and the ‘Chapel of Bones’ in Evora• Feel the rhythm of flamenco in Seville and bar hop around Madrid• Relax on the beach in Valencia and enjoy tapas in BarcelonaColosseum, Rome, ItalyHighlights• Explore Moorish palaces, Iberian cities and sample scrummy dishes• Sunbathe in the Algarve and mingle with locals on the French Riviera• Get a glimpse of Rome’s Colosseum and stunning Baroque ChurchesSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0203-0405-06LisbonArrive in Lisbon at any time and meet the group in the evening. Divestraight in on Day 2, and enjoy an orientation tour with your guidebefore you set off to explore its narrow medieval streets. (B)Evora / Algarve CoastJump on a bus to Evora this morning and enjoy a tour including theghoulish ‘Chapel of Bones’. Use your free time to explore this livelycity of bustling alleyways and quaint architecture. Afterwards, makeyour way to Lagos for a two-night stay on the Algarve Coast. (2B)SevilleHead east to Seville, one of the most colourful and exciting cities inSpain. After an orientation walk, you have two days to get a feel forthe city; explore monuments and gardens, savour tapas and wine andsee a dramatic evening flamenco performance.01-0304-0607-08Rome / Pisa / Italian Riviera / Nice / MonacoArrive into one of the world’s great art cities and lap up its grandeur.On Day 2, stop at Pisa en route to the beautiful Italian Riviera,marvel at the Leaning Tower, then stroll along the coast. Continue tothe French Riviera on Day 3 and enjoy an included trip to Monaco.BarcelonaEnjoy a free morning in Nice then board a train to Barça. Take anorientation walk dodging the buzzing street stalls of Las Ramblasbefore browsing the vibrant Boqueria market - sure to get yourtastebuds tingling. With your free time, opt to visit Gaudí’s wonders.ValenciaStroll around the vibrant city of Valencia on an orientation walk.Choose to check out the central market, pedal by bike and sample anauthentic paella. Hop on a night bus this evening to Granada.07-0809-1213-15Cordoba / GranadaYou’re off to explore Cordoba and its incredible Moorish mosque,the Mezquita-Catedral. On Day 8, next up it’s the Andalucian city ofGranada, where there will be an included visit to the Alhambra Palace.Madrid / ValenciaMadrid has it all - history, architecture, galleries, beautiful parks andwild nightlife. On Day 11, travel to the vibrant city of Valencia. UseDay 12 to explore all this outstanding place has on offer.BarcelonaTake a morning train to Barcelona and familiarise yourself with thesights of the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas on a walking tour. Nextday, make the most of your time here in this cosmpolitan city as it allwraps up in the morning of Day 15. (2B)09-1011-1415-16Granada / SevilleWander Granada’s sites on an orientation walk then opt to dip inhammam baths at the foot of the Alhambra. Taste your way abouttown this evening with a tapas bar crawl - your first drink is free!Drop any hangover and head to the thriving uni town of Seville.Algarve / LisbonCross into Portugal and get active by mountain bike or sea kayak.Day 13, travel up the coast to Lisbon for orientation then soak upsweeping views at Cristo Rei and Belem’s historical monuments.MadridWander Spain’s beautiful capital on an orientation walk with free timeto visit its art museums and sprawling squares. Opt to toast to yourtrip with a final night on the town. Your tour ends on Day 16.InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (14 nts) Transport:Public bus, train Meals: 5 breakfasts Budget:Allow EUR €315-415 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 TourCode: GAESSPMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,149Departures 2015May, Jul-OctJunSelected SundaysSelected SaturdaysPOR TUGALLisbon22SPAINATLANTICOCEANMadridBarcelonaEvoraCordoba122 ValenciaSeville 1GranadaAlgarveCoast2MEDITERRANEANSEA2InclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Hostels (13 nts, multishare),overnight buses (2 nts) Transport: Train,bus Meals: No meals included Budget: AllowEUR €350-500 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) GroupSize: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAEIRMDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMay 16 May 31Jun 13 Jun 28STARTFINISHJul 11 Jul 26Aug 08 Aug 23POR TUGALSTART FINISHAug 22 Sep 06Sep 19 Oct 04ATLANTICOCEANFRANCELisbon Barcelona ItalianRiviera1Madrid11French13SPAIN Riviera 1211 Valencia1GranadaSevilleAlgarveMEDITERRANEANSEARome93


FRANCE & ITALYADVENTUREULTIMATEFR$3,199 ITALYFR$3,199Paris Rome 14 DAYS Rome Venice14 DAYSSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESCinque Terre, ItalyHighlights• Visit charming medieval cities, taste fine wines and local delicacies• Stroll the chic streets of Paris & hIke the glorious Cinque Terre• Witness Florence’s masterpieces & stroll Rome’s historic streetsVenice, ItalyHighlights• Relax at a pavement café in Siena’s magnificent Piazza del Campo• Marvel at a Mediterranean sunset in the Cinque Terre• Admire the splendour of Lake Como’s waterfront villas and mansionsDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0304-0708-1112-14Paris / BeauneArrive to Paris, the city of love, and prepare to discover its certain ‘jene sais quoi’ as you wander its charming streets. On Day 2, arrive tothe charming town of Beaune. Enjoy an included local wine tasting asan introduction to the region’s famous vintage.Avignon / Nice / MonacoTake the train to the heart of lavender-scented Provence and thespectacular walled medieval town of Avignon. On Day 6, travel to thegleaming Mediterranean coast and the Côte d’Azur’s cultured capital,Nice. Soak up the amazing atmosphere, visit some of the must-seemuseums and explore the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum. Take aday trip to the principality of Monaco, the world’s second-smallestcountry, to admire the expensive yachts lining its glamorous marina.Cinque Terre / Pisa / FlorenceHead along the coast into Italy and spend two nights by thesensational Cinque Terre National Park. On Day 10, continue tothe town of Pisa and its Leaning Tower, drawing its fame from anarchitectual project gone seriously wrong! Continue to the heart ofTuscany and explore the Renaissance city of Florence. Pay a visit toPiazzale Michelangelo for a stunning panoramic view of the city.RomeWelcome to one of the world’s most alluring and seductive cities;Bella Roma! Take an orientation walk of the thrilling Italian capitalbefore a free afternoon for a spot of independent exploration. Visitthe Roman Forum, the famous Colosseum, and the Catacombs thatentombed early Christians. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italywith a Roman meal. Your tour ends on Day 14 and you are free todepart this living history museum at any time. (D)01-0405-0607-0910-1112-14Rome / SienaGet yourself to Rome and start discovering this Eternal City. Therewill be an orientation walk on Day 2 before a free day to exploremyriad options. On Days 3 and 4, take on Siena, one of Italy’sbest-preserved medieval towns, starting your exploration with anorientation walk and a spot of Chianti wine tasting. (3B, D)FlorenceTake a local bus to the Tuscan capital of Florence. Exquisite is theonly way we can describe it, so enjoy spending your time exploringthis open-air, living, breathing museum of Renaissance art. (2B)Lucca / Pisa / Cinque TerreHead to the beautiful little Tuscan town of Lucca. Spend a dayexploring the piazzas, towers and churches of this enchanting walledcity. After a half-day visit to Pisa on Day 8, take the train to theCinque Terre National Park. Five stunning villages are sandwichedbetween the beach and the hills, and the whole area has beendesignated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meander from one townto the next with an included train pass. (3B)ComoJust north of Milan, the town of Como is the gateway to its namesakelake, the Lago di Como. With an included day pass for the boatservices, you can explore resorts and villages such as Bellagio, oftendescribed as the most beautiful town in all of Europe. (2B)VeniceVenice is embellished with monuments of rare splendour that makeit a city like no other in the world. Explore the canals on an optionalgondola cruise, and take time to discover sights including the Doge’sPalace. The tour comes to an end on Day 14, depart at any time. (3B)InclusionsInclusionsGERMANYTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardTrip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard1Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageParisPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport:FRANCEAccommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport:Public bus, train Meals: 1 dinner Budget: Allow BeaunePublic bus, train, boat Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1EUR €430-565 for meals not included Group2dinner Budget: Allow EUR €430-565 for mealsLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), localITALY not included Group Leader: Chief Experienceguides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code:Cinque Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 TourGAEFPIAvignon Terre Code: GAEIRVMonaco 22My Own Room Available: Fr $1,9592Nice2Florence My Own Room Available: Fr $1,379Como2ITALYCinque2 TerreLucca12 FlorencePisa2Venice2SienaADRIATICSEADepartures 2015May - SepSelected FridaysMEDITERRANEAN SEA2RomeDepartures 2015Mar-Aug & Oct Selected SundaysSepEvery SundayMEDITERRANEANSEA2Rome94


BEST OFSICILYCROATIAFR$1,699 ADVENTUREFR$999Catania Catania 8 DAYS Zagreb Dubrovnik7 DAYSEtna, SicilyHighlights• Wander around quaint UNESCO Heritage-listed Baroque cities• Taste some of Sicily’s delicious food and wine specialities• Stretch your legs with a climb up Mt Etna for mind-boggling viewsDubrovnik, CroatiaHighlights• Island-hop your way down Croatia’s long and dramatic coastline• Scramble around medieval fortresses and old Roman ruins• Sail, snorkel, swim or sunbathe, and then party in exclusive clubsSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-02Catania / PalermoRock up at any time into Catania. Wake early the next morning tovisit the local fruit and fish market in Catania before hopping on abus to Palermo. Stretch your legs with an orientation walk of theSicilian capital then savour a scrummy streetfood lunch in vibrantlycoloured markets of La Vucciaria or Ballar. Full to the brim, enjoy awalking tour to the Quattro Canti, Pretoria Square, the cathedral,Marina Square and the creepy Catacomb of the Capuchins. (B, L)0102ZagrebArrive into Croatia’s attractive capital any time and meet the rest ofyour travelling companions this evening.Zagreb / PlitviceEnjoy a guided orientation walk of Zagreb and its very charmingold town complete with cobblestone streets and medieval buildingsbefore your transfer to Plitvice for the night.03-0405-0607-08Monreale / Palermo / RagusaArrive in Monreale for beautiful views of La Conca d’Oro Valley. Soakup the Arabic and Byzantine architecture of the Norman cathedralbefore heading back to Palermo where you’ll have a free afternoonto explore. Day 4, head to Ragusa for an orientation walk of the oldtown. Take in the UNESCO site of Val di Noto then quench your thirstwith an included wine tasting and local snacks. (2B)Modica / Scicli / Syracuse / GiarreNext stop is Modica for the historic centre and stunning Church ofSan Giorgio. Indulge in a chocolate tasting from a traditional Aztecrecipe, a cheese tasting and lunch. Continue on to the charmingancient town of Scicli. Don’t miss the Church of San Matteo and thetraditional piazzas before a night in Syracuse. This morning’s freeto explore this UNESCO-listed Greco-Roman seaside city before youhead off to Giarre for a farmhouse stay and local dinner. (2B, L, D)Etna / CataniaRise early this morning for a visit to the famous Mt Etna where you’llhike past lava flows from a dramatic view of the four craters andcoast of Sicily. If you’ve got bags of energy left, opt for a strenuoustrek with a local guide (weather permitting). Enjoy a free afternoon inthe city of Catania then depart any time the following day. (2B)03-040506-07Plitvice / SplitExplore the absolutely stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, wanderthe wooden paths arching over crystal clear pools at the base ofsteep forested mountains and admire the many waterfalls. Catch yourtransfer to Split to enjoy an evening walking tour. Here in Croatia’ssecond city, enjoy a free day exploring on Day 4. You may choose tovisit the famous Zlatni Rat beach on Bol, make a trip to Trogir or theancient ruined city of Solin, or visit the bars and restaurants, andexperience the nightlife once the sun goes down. (B)HvarHvar’s lush fields are filled with lavender, rosemary and heather,and it’s the sunniest place in Croatia! By day, you can enjoy hiking,kayaking, sailing and snorkelling. Late afternoon, as the heat of thesun fades, stroll the medieval backstreets of Hvar Town and climb thehill for panoramic views from the 16th Century Venetian Fortress. Bynight, hit the Carpe Diem night club.DubrovnikArrive to the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik. Rich in history andfilled with stunning architecture, museums and fountains, it is a greatcity to explore. Enjoy a final optional night out on the town with agroup before saying your farewells on Day 7. (B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (6 nts), farmhouse (1nt) Transport: Public bus, private van Meals: 7breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: AllowEUR €200-300 for meals Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIBSMy Own Room Available: Fr $289Departures 2015STARTFINISHMay 23 May 30Jun 20 Jun 27Jul 18 Jul 25STARTFINISHAug 08 Aug 15Sep 05 Sep 12Sep 19 Sep 26START FINISHOct 17 Oct 24Palermo2MonrealeTYRRHENIANSEAMt EtnaRagusa1Modica ScicliITALYGiarreCataniaSyracuse211InclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for18-39s Accommodation: Hotels/hostels(6 nts, multishare) Transport: Train, metro,bus, ferry Meals: 2 breakfasts Budget: AllowEUR €220-300 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAECZDDepartures 2015JunJulAugSelected SundaysEvery SundaySelected Saturdays & SundaysHvarZagreb11CROATIAPlitviceBOSNIA ANDHERZEGOVINA12SplitDubrovnikAEGEANSEA195


CONSTANTINOPLE TO HELLASIstanbul AthensFR$2,55612 DAYSSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESHighlights• Gawp at Istanbul’s archaeology• Visit the WWI battlefields at Gallipoli• Pay a visit to the famed Trojan horse• Roam the ruins of ancient Ephesus• Learn the secrets of carpet weaving• Party ‘til dawn on a Mykonos beach• Sunbathe on black sand beaches• Tour the famous AcropolisDepartures 2015START FINISHJun 13 Jun 24Jun 27 Jul 08Jul 11 Jul 22InclusionsSTART FINISHJul 25 Aug 05Aug 08 Aug 19Aug 22 Sep 02START FINISHSep 05 Sep 16Sep 19 Sep 30Accommodation: 4* Hotels in Turkey (5 nts),C-class hotels in Greece (6 nts) Transport:Fully air-conditioned bus, airport transfers,ferries Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners GroupLeader: Professional English-speaking tourguide for the duration of the tour Group Size:Max 20 Includes: Entrance fees in TurkeyTour Code: ISTCHTGREECEAthens2AEGEAN SEAGallipoliDelosIos22TroySantorini1SamosMARMARA SEACanakkale2BLACK SEATURKEYPergamumEphesusKusadasiMykonosIstanbul2MEDITERRANEAN SEATick off your bucket list with this whistlestop tour around Turkey and Greece’s hotspotscovering off history, architecture, beaches and everything in between. Marvel at Istanbul’sarchitectural heritage, pay homage to the Anzacs and veterans of Gallipoli and clamour overthe ruins of ancient Troy, Pergamum and Ephesus. It’s then time to let off steam in the partyresort town of Kusadasi before sinking into your Greek island fantasy on the green oasis ofSamos, the volcanic island of Santorini and beautiful Mykonos. You’ll finish up exploring theremains of the golden age in Athens and wanting to stay a teeny bit longer!DAY01-020304050607-0809-1011-12ITINERARYLittle Venice, Mykonos Town, GreeceIstanbul / Istanbul Old CityWelcome to Istanbul where you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainderof the day is yours to explore so why not grab a few souvenirs as you get sucked into the chaoswithin the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy a tasty brekkie on Day 2 before a tour of the city that spans acrosstwo continents. Visit the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Get toknow your travel buddies a bit better this evening over a welcome dinner and perhaps a couple ofthirst-quenchers in one of the boutique hotels, sunken courtyards or atmospheric cafés. (B, D)Gallipoli BattlefieldsHead out of the city to one of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, the battlefields ofGallipoli. This place of tragedy during World War I is a memorial to all of the soldiers who fell thereand was declared a national park in 1973. Visit the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZACCove and Johnston’s Jolly as well as original trenches and tunnels. You’ll also see the Nek and theGallipoli Museum - sure to send you off culturally richer. Bed down tonight in Canakkale. (B, D)Troy / Acropolis of PergamumOn Day 4, step back in time as you visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse. You’ll then tour themagnificent acropolis of Pergamum to find impressive temples and a library which made Pergamum arenowned cultural and political centre in its time. Your home for the night will be in Kusadasi. (B, D)Ephesus / KusadasiSoak yourself in history today with a guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus and the site of theTemple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing tothe house of the Virgin Mary. You’ll then head to the carpet village to learn how carpets are madeby hand and the factors that determine its value. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey so ifyou’ve got room in your backpack, nab an exquisitely woven treat as a souvenir! Tonight you’ll rest upin Kusadasi again. (B, D)Kusadasi / SamosSay güle güle to Turkey and hop on a ferry to the Greek Island of Samos. Depending on ferryschedules you may head straight for Mykonos or spend a day exploring naked, unspoilt beaches andsipping locally-made muscat wine in Samos. Tonight, stay in Samos or Mykonos. (B)Mykonos / Delos / SantoriniGreece’s equivalent to Monte Carlo, Mykonos is littered with dreamy beaches, watersports, cocktailbars, narrow streets and lively tavernas. Relax on the beach or take an optional day trip to theneighbouring island of Delos. This mecca of ancient Greece is an island-wide, open-air museum.Spend tonight in buzzing Mykonos then revitalise with an early swim the next morning. Amble alongthe charming white-washed narrow alleyways of Mykonos Town before ferrying to Santorini. (2B)Santorini / AthensTake an optional boat trip in the world’s biggest volcanic crater above sea level. Swim in the warmthermal water, take a therapeutic mud bath then spend the night in Santorini. Sunbathe on the blacksand beaches this morning before taking to the water and ferrying to Athens. (2B)AthensTake a half-day tour to the Acropolis on Day 11, stopping at the stadium where the first OlympicGames of the modern era were held. Admire the Olympian Zeus, Hadrians Arch, the Temple of Nikeand the most famous of Greek relics, the Parthenon. On Day 12 it’s time to say goodbye. (2B)96


MAGICCARPETAEGEANFR$1,327 DELIGHTFR$1,095Istanbul Istanbul 10 DAYS Istanbul Istanbul8 DAYSHighlights• Explore Istanbul’s ancient monuments• Visit the Gallipoli battlefields• Tour the ancient ruins of TroyCappadocia, TurkeyHighlights• Absorb amazing Istanbul from two continents• Tour the ancient ruins of Troy and see the Trojan Horse• Visit the site of the mystical Temple of ArtemisLibrary of Celsus, EphesusSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0304-0506-0708-10Istanbul / Gallipoli / CanakkaleYou’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Theremainder of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Day 2, enjoy afully guided city tour, visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, TopkapiPalace and the Hippodrome. Day 3, visit the WWI battlefields ofGallipoli, including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Coveand Johnston’s Jolly. Stay overnight in Canakkale. (2B, D)Canakkale / Troy / Kusadasi / EphesusTake a trip to Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and battlefieldof Hercules, followed by a tour of the Acropolis of Pergamum, beforeheading on to Kusadasi. Day 5, enjoy a guided tour of the ancientcity of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemisbefore continuing to the house of the Virgin Mary. Overnight inKusadasi. (2B, 2D)Kusadasi / Hierapolis / Pamukkale / Konya / CappadociaHead to Pamukkale, where you’ll overnight. Explore the ancient cityof Hierapolis and take a dip in the hot springs that were considered,in Roman times, to have theraputic powers. Day 7, travel the ancientSilk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansaray and the Mevlana Museumin Konya. (2B, 2D)Cappadocia / Goreme / Ankara / IstanbulMarvel at the lunar landscapes of the Goreme Valley Open AirMuseum and explore the many levels of an underground city. Day 9,depart to the nation’s capital, Ankara, where you’ll visit Anitkabir,mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Later, head backto Istanbul, where you’ll overnight. Day 10, after breakfast, you’ll betransferred to the airport where your tour ends. (3B, D)01-0203-0405-0607-08IstanbulYou’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Spendthe day exploring the city at your leisure. On Day 2, a fantastic citytour will cover off the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, theBasilica’s underground cistern and the Hippodrome. (B)Istanbul / Gallipoli / Troy / KusadasiHead out of Istanbul to the battlefields of Gallipoli. Visit Lone Pineand Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove and the Gallipoli Museum.Tonight you’ll stay in Canakkale. Day 4, visit Troy, home of the famedTrojan Horse and ancient battlefield of Hercules. You’ll then tour themagnificent Acropolis of Pergamum before heading to Kusadasi foran evening by the sea. (2B, 2D)Kusadasi / Ephesus / PamukkaleEnjoy a history-steeped guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesuswhich has the largest collection of Roman ruins in the easternMediterranean. Visit the site of the Temple of Artemis (one ofthe seven wonders of the ancient world) and a carpet village. Endyour day in Kusadasi. Day 6, head towards the magnificent whitecalcium terraces of Pamukkale and then it’s off to the ancient cityof Hierapolis. Take a dip in the hot springs that were used in Romantimes for their therapeutic powers. You’ll sleep in Pamukkale tonight.(2B, 2D)Pamukkale / IstanbulHead back to Istanbul, passing through rural Turkey and ancientBursa to visit the famous Green Mosque and explore the Silk Bazaar.On Day 8, tuck into a final breakfast with your travel buddies and sayyour goodbyes. (2B)InclusionsAccommodation: 4* and 5* hotels (9 nts)Transport: Air-conditioned coach, airporttransfers Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners GroupLeader: Professional English-speaking tourguide for the duration of the tour Group Size:Max 20 Tour Code: ISTMCTDepartures 2015JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec10 07 07 04 02 06 04 01 05 03 07 0524 21 14 11 09 13 11 08 12 10 14 1221 25 16 20 18 15 19 17 21 2628 23 27 25 22 26 24 2830 29 31AEGEAN SEAMARMARASEAGallipoliCanakkaleTroy12PergamumEphesusKusadasi3BLACKSEAIstanbulAnkaraCappadocia1MEDITERRANEAN SEAKonyaPamukkale2InclusionsAccommodation: 4 and 5* Hotels (7 nts)Transport: Fully air-conditioned coach, airporttransfers Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners GroupLeader: Professional English-speaking tourguide for the duration of the tour Group Size:Max 20 Tour Code: ISTADTDepartures 2015JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec03 07 07 04 02 02 04 01 01 03 07 0510 14 14 11 05 06 07 04 05 06 14 1217 21 21 25 09 09 11 08 08 10 21 1924 28 28 12 13 14 11 12 13 28 2631 16 16 18 15 15 1719 20 21 18 19 2023 23 25 22 22 2426 27 28 25 26 2730 30 29 29 31AEGEANSEAKusadasiMEDITERRANEANSEAMARMARASEABLACKSEAIstanbulCanakkaleTroyTURKEY1PergamumEphesus Pamukkale23197


ABSOLUTE TURKEYIstanbul IstanbulFR$1,99915 DAYSSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESHighlights• Wander Istanbul’s spice market• Create your own pottery masterpiece• Explore Cappadocia’s hidden caves• Relax by the Mediterranean coast• Stay in a traditional Turkish village• Sleep under the stars on board a boat• See the famous cliffs in Pamukkale• Visit ancient Troy and GallipoliDepartures 2015START FINISHMar 29 Apr 12Apr 05 Apr 19Apr 19 May 03Apr 26 May 10May 03 May 17May 06 May 20May 10 May 24May 13 May 27May 17 May 31May 24 Jun 07May 27 Jun 10May 31 Jun 14Jun 07 Jun 21Jun 10 Jun 24InclusionsMEDITERRANEANSEASTART FINISHJun 14 Jun 28Jun 21 Jul 05Jun 24 Jul 08Jun 28 Jul 12Jul 05 Jul 19Jul 12 Jul 26Jul 15 Jul 29Jul 19 Aug 02Jul 26 Aug 09Aug 02 Aug 16Aug 09 Aug 23Aug 16 Aug 30Aug 23 Sep 06Aug 30 Sep 13BLACKSEASTART FINISHSep 02 Sep 16Sep 06 Sep 20Sep 09 Sep 23Sep 13 Sep 27Sep 16 Sep 30Sep 20 Oct 04Sep 23 Oct 07Sep 27 Oct 11Oct 04 Oct 18Oct 11 Oct 25Oct 18 Nov 01Oct 25 Nov 08Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (12 nts), simple homestay (1nt), boat (1 nt, multishare) (this night will be spent ina hotel in inclement weather) Transport: Air con van,boat Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners Budget: AllowUSD $285-375 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15,Avg 10 Tour Code: GAETATMy Own Room Available: Fr $579IstanbulÇanakkale Ankara1(Troy)1 GöremeTURKEY1 Ayvalik(Cappadocia)3Pamukkale11KonyaSelçuk Antalya 11 HomestayKasYou might like211CayagziLondon to Istanbul by RailTravel through UK, France, Switzerland,Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania andBulgaria to arrive in Istanbul(25 days) (GAEEIR) see page 87 Fr $5,699Budapest to Istanbul by RailTravel through Bulgaria, Hungary andRomania to arrive in Istanbul(13 days) (GAEABI) Fr $2,249Get ready, we’re here to shake things up and give you a taste of the real, exciting, Turkey!Full of ancient monuments, a fascinating history and timeless, out-of-the-way villages thatreally pack a cultural punch, this tour allows you the freedom to explore all the highlights.Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into thebizarre as you explore otherworldly Cappadocia. From the amazing white cliff waterfallsat Pamukkale to the battlefields of Gallipoli, you’ll see the country’s hidden gems as youexplore the crossroads of Asia and Europe.DAY01-0203-0506-070809-1112-1314-15ITINERARYKas HarbourIstanbul / AnkaraArrive in Istanbul and meet up with the rest of the group. Begin Day 2 with an orientation walkingtour of the city, passing Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace and wandering through the Spice Bazaar.There may be a little free time to explore, prior to today’s transfer to Ankara, Turkey’s capital. (B)Ankara / CappadociaFrom Ankara, you’ll be whisked away to the town of Göreme, your base for exploring the breathtakinglandscapes of Cappadocia. Enjoy lots of optional activities over the next two days; hire a bike toexplore these fairytale surroundings, hike in the Rose Valley or visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum.On one of the evenings, have dinner with a local family. (3B, D)Cappadocia / Konya / Village Stay / AntalyaAn early start as you head to one of the many underground cities in the region, most famously usedas hiding places for Christians being persecuted by the Romans. Then, head to the Ihlara Valleywhose cliff-like walls are 100-150m high. After lunch, travel to Konya and admire its beautiful,turquoise-domed shrine before continuing to a local village where you’ll learn about traditionallife and enjoy a home-cooked meal. On Day 7, you’re off to the Mediterranean coast and the cityof Antalya. Arriving around lunchtime, spend your afternoon wandering the charming cobbledhillside streets of the district of Kaleiçi. This is a great place to stop and have a drink at one of therestaurants with great views of the marina below. (2B, D)Antalya / Cayagzi / Boat CruiseToday, enjoy a free morning in Antalya then continue to the beautiful coastal village of Cayagziwhere, after lunch, you’ll board the boat for an unforgettable night on the sea (weather permitting).Sleep on deck under the stars and enjoy dinner with the group. This really is the perfect opportunityto relax and enjoy the warm crystal waters that Turkey is famous for! (B, D)Kas / Pamukkale / SelçukEnjoy a morning sailing on board soaking up the sunshine and scenery and admiring the passingviews. After lunch, you’ll dock and make your way to the coastal town of Kas. You’ll be charmedby the cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings as you wander among its many antiques stores.On Day 10, leaving the sea behind, pass through almond orchards as you travel to Pamukkalewhere you’ll visit the famous white cliffs. You’ll also have the chance to explore the ancient site ofHierapolis built on top of the white ‘castle’. On Day 11, travel to the town of Selçuk where you’ll visitthe spectacular ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus. (3B)Ayvalik / Troy / ÇanakkaleYou’ll be charmed by Ayvalik’s blend of old Ottoman architecture and attractive harbour, and if youare itching to get back into the turquoise Mediterranean, the beach of Sarimsakli is only a short busride away. On Day 13, pay a visit to Troy, made famous by the Iliad, Homer’s epic poem, and morerecently by Orlando Bloom and Brad Pitt! This evening you’ll enjoy the delights of the harbour town ofÇanakkale, a busy port with a thriving student population. (2B)Gallipoli / IstanbulThis morning, make an early visit to Gallipoli, where thousands of ANZAC troops gave their livesduring WWI, to see the war cemeteries and famous ‘Lone Pine’. Continue back to Istanbul, where youcan finish your sightseeing or get in some last-minute shopping in the aromatic spice bazaars andsparkling jewellery stores. The tour sadly ends after breakfast on Day 15. 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THE BEST OFTURKEYTURKEYFR$1,499 ON A BUDGETFR$1,599Istanbul Istanbul 8 DAYS Istanbul Istanbul15 DAYSHighlights• Eat handmade Turkish delights in the bazaars of Istanbul• Visit the dramatic and moving WWI battlefields at Gallipoli• Sip Turkish coffee at a seaside cafe in AyvalikPamukkaleLykia Rock Tombs, DalyanHighlights• Admire Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia Church & Blue Mosque• Delve into an underground world in Cappadocia• Enjoy an overnight Aegean boat cruise and sleep under the starsSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-020304-05Istanbul / Gallipoli / ÇanakkaleArrive in Istanbul and meet up with your group this evening. On Day2, it’s an early start as you travel to the important WWI battlefieldsite of Gallipoli for a guided visit to ANZAC Cove and the warcemeteries. Later, make your way to the town of Çanakkale - a greatplace to watch the locals promenade by the harbour. (B)Troy / AyvalikVisit the ruins of ancient Troy and marvel at the story behind thisgreat site. You won’t want to miss your chance to have your phototaken with the Trojan Horse! You’ll be charmed by Ayvalik’s blend ofold Ottoman architecture, cobbled streets and attractive harbour;this afternoon, enjoy a boat cruise of the beautiful area beforespending the night in a converted Ottoman-style mansion. (B)Ayvalik / Ephesus / SelçukEnjoy a free morning exploring Ayvalik at leisure, and in theafternoon, travel to Selçuk, your base for exploring the ruins of theancient Roman town of Ephesus. Travel to the picturesque village ofSirence where you can sample some of the local wine, shop for craftsand perhaps sample some tasty Turkish specialities for lunch. (2B)01-0203-0506-0708-09IstanbulArrive at any time and meet the rest of your group this evening.Enjoy an orientation walk, and free time to discover the thousands ofyears of history represented within Istanbul’s mosques, palaces andcovered bazaars. Travel by overnight bus to Cappadocia. (B)CappadociaA landscape like no other on the planet. Explore the rock chimneysand underground cities, sample a home-cooked dinner with a localfamily, and perhaps even consider an optional hot-air balloon ride.Travel overnight on Day 5 to Antalya. (2B, D)Çirali / KekovaBoard your boat today for a relaxing mini-cruise, weather permitting,on the Aegean Sea. See the flames of Olympos Mountain by night andenjoy a freshly-cooked dinner before sleeping under the stars. (B, D)DalyanBack on land at Uçagiz, travel on to charming resort of Dalyan. Takea trip to the famous mud baths, or swim and chill out at the beach,which is also a nesting site for turtles. (2B)06-08Pamukkale / IstanbulThis morning, journey to the famous white cliffs of Pamukkale beforeexploring the ancient site of Hierapolis, built originally by the Romansas an elegant spa resort. After a short flight to Istanbul on Day 7,head to your hotel to check in. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tourto discover more of this fascinating city taking in the Hippodromeand Blue Mosque. A great way to end the day is with a traditionalhammam (Turkish bath). After breakfast on Day 8, it’s time to saygoodbye to your new friends. (3B)10-1213-15Pamukkale / Ephesus / SelçukExplore the whitewashed calcium terraces of Pamukkale, the ancientcity of Hierapolis, and the well-preserved Roman ruins of Ephesusincluding the magnificent façade of the Library of Celsus. (3B)Troy / Çanakkale / IstanbulFrom the harbour town of Çanakkale, there are optional visits to theruined city of Troy and Gallipoli to learn about this important WWIbattle site. On Day 14, return to the big city for one last night outwith the group, before departing at any time on Day 15. (3B)InclusionsDepartures 2015Mar - OctSelected Saturdays2Selçuk1PamukkaleInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalBLACKSEAPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport:Istanbul Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), bus (2 nts),2Private air con van, plane Meals: 7 breakfastsboat (1 nt, weather permitting) Transport: Bus,SEA OFBudget: Allow USD $190-250 for meals notMARMARAboat Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget:included Group Leader: Chief Experience OfficerGallipoliAllow USD $285-375 for meals not included(CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code:1 Canakkale (Troy)GAETBTGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAETTO1 AyvalikMy Own Room Available: Fr $409TURKEYMy Own Room Available: Fr $349Departures 2015Apr - Jul &Sep - OctAugSelected FridaysEvery Friday1Istanbul2MEDITERRANEANSEABLACKSEATURKEYGallipoliÇanakkaleGöreme(Troy) (Cappadocia)2 1 PamukkaleSelçuk2 Çirali1 AntalyaDalyanKekova1299


THE BEST OF EASTERN EUROPEBerlin BudapestFR$2,74915 DAYSSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESHighlights• Climb the Reichstag’s dome in Berlin• Hike in the scenic Tatra Mountains• Wander Warsaw’s charming Old Town• Learn about Auschwitz from a local• Grab an ice-cold Czech beer in Prague• Go rafting along the River Vltava• Waltz your way through Vienna• Pick your favourite – Buda or Pest?Departures 2015START FINISHMay 09 May 23May 11 May 25May 16 May 30May 23 Jun 06May 30 Jun 13Jun 06 Jun 20Jun 09 Jun 23Jun 13 Jun 27Jun 20 Jul 04Jun 23 Jul 07Jun 27 Jul 11Jul 04 Jul 18InclusionsSTART FINISHJul 07 Jul 21Jul 11 Jul 25Jul 18 Aug 01Jul 21 Aug 04Jul 25 Aug 08Aug 01 Aug 15Aug 04 Aug 18Aug 08 Aug 22Aug 15 Aug 29Aug 18 Sep 01Aug 22 Sep 05Aug 29 Sep 12START FINISHSep 01 Sep 15Sep 05 Sep 19Sep 12 Sep 26Sep 15 Sep 29Sep 19 Oct 03Sep 26 Oct 10Oct 24 Nov 07Nov 21 Dec 05Dec 20 Jan 03Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/pensions (14 nts)Transport: Train, private bus, local busMeals: 14 breakfasts Budget: Allow EUR€335-440 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEABEMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,329GERMANYPOLAND3 3CZECH REPUBLICAEGEANSEABerlin2PragueCeský ˇ2Krumlov2ViennaAUSTRIAKrakowSLOV AKIABratislava1HUNGAR YWarsaw1BudapestFrom the urban attractions of Berlin to the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest, this two-weektrip through Central and Eastern Europe offers an intriguing combination of historic towns,village life and outdoor pursuits. Float down the river on a traditional raft, enjoy hiking inthe scenic Tatra Mountains and savour the café cultures of Prague and Vienna. Experiencethe unique culture, food and history of Eastern Europe, and grab your sightseeing checklistof must-do cities, from trend-setting Berlin to the medieval streets of Prague, this littlebeauty will tick them all off!DAY01-020304-0607-0910-1112-1314-15ITINERARYBerlin, GermanyBerlinMake your own way to Berlin and meet up with your new travel mates this evening. Day 2 is yoursto discover this amazing city, which has many tangible reminders of its starring role in the historyof both Germany and Europe – not least the Reichstag, ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ and surviving fragmentsof the Berlin Wall. Districts such as edgy Kreuzberg and bohemian Prenzlauer Berg are well worthexploring, by day and by night. (B)WarsawPoland’s reconstructed capital is a testament to the courage and determination of its people, and thecity’s story can be learnt with an included visit to the unmissable Warsaw Historical Museum. Smallermuseums of interest here are dedicated to Frédéric Chopin and Marie Curie, amongst others; all arewell worth a visit. (B)Warsaw / KrakowVisit the unmissable Warsaw Rising Museum in the morning then take a day train to Krakow, one ofthe most charming cities in Eastern Europe, centred on Europe’s largest medieval square, the RynekGlowny. It’s hard to know what to explore first in Krakow; the attractive Old Town which miraculouslyescaped significant damage in WWII, or the former royal residences sitting proudly atop Wawel Hill.Included is a visit to the former concentration camp at nearby Auschwitz, a sobering reminder ofman’s inhumanity to man, followed by an overnight train to Prague. (3B)PragueEnjoy a scenic train ride into Czech Republic. Regarded by many as the unspoilt jewel in Europe’shistoric crown, there’s time in the Bohemian Czech capital to simply soak up the atmosphere ofits unique cobbled streets, where it seems every building has its own story to tell. Opt to visit thefamous Charles Bridge, the clock tower in the main square or find a little beer garden and grab a coldglass of Pilsner as you watch the sun set over the Vltava River. (3B)Prague / Cesky KrumlovStep back into medieval times with a visit to the castle in Ceský Krumlov. The castle towers over thefairytale-like streets of this gorgeous town, whose graceful Renaissance and Baroque houses linethe banks of a sharp bend in the River Vltava. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site oozing withculture, history and life before taking to the water with an afternoon of rafting. (2B)ViennaEnjoy a walking tour of some of Vienna’s most beautiful sights including St. Stephen’s Cathedral andthe Hofburg Palace, the former city home of the Habsburg Emperors. Austria’s capital has plenty ofother diversions too. We’d like to recommend the Schönbrunn Palace, but we’d understand if you gotdistracted by the superb gateaux served in the elegant cafés. (2B)BudapestContinue on to Hungary and it’s charming capital of Budapest. There’s plenty to explore here, bothin historic Buda and modern Pest, which face each other from either side of the River Danube. Don’tmiss the chance to visit Buda Castle, window shop in Pest or soak in one of the city’s many thermalspas, which range from the open-air Szécheny Baths to the magnificent Gellért Baths. Your tour endson Day 15, and you’re free to leave at any time of your choosing. (2B)Hungarian Parliament, Budapest100


CROATIA ANDTHE BALKANSCENTRAL & EASTERNFR$2,749 EUROPE HIGHLIGHTSFR$3,109Budapest Split 15 DAYS Berlin Budapest12 DAYSAdriatic Bay & Village near Split, CroatiaHighlights• Kayak to the tiny islands in the crystal waters of the Bay of Kotor• Soak up your yearly dose of Vit D on the beach on Hvar• Explore the ancient Roman Palace of Diocletian on a guided tourCesky Krumlov, Czech RepublicHighlights• Explore the fascinating history of Central and Eastern Europe• Wander a historic brewery and sip on delicious local ale• Stroll the cobbled lanes of medieval Krumlov and PragueSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0405-06Budapest / Novi Sad / BelgradeRock up into the bubbling, hot spring city of Budapest at any time.Explore the Royal Palace, St Matthias Church and Castle Hill’s oldtown. Day 2, board a train to Novi Sad, the ancient capital of Serbiawhere you’ll visit the famous Petrovaradin Citadel. As afternoon hits,hop on a train to Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress then opt to floatdown the Danube or dabble in one of the many bustling markets. (3B)SarajevoTravel to Sarajevo, one of the most diverse cities in the region. Takean included tour of the ‘Tunnel of Life’ to get a better understandingof the tragic recent history of this captivating city. (2B)01-0203-05BerlinArrive into Berlin at any time and spend the rest of the day exploringat leisure. Enjoy an orientation walk on Day 2 then opt to explorethe city on walking and river tours. Visit the Jewish Memorial,Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag and enjoy the buzzing nightlife. (B)Weimar / DresdenHop on a high speed train to Weimar today for a day exploring thisclassic German city. Discover its dark history at the Buchenwaldconcentration camp, visit the Liszt Haus and the many fascinatingmuseums. Day 4, catch the train to Dresden for a guided walk of thebustling local market and the gothic Frauenkirche Church. (3B)07-0910-1112-15Mostar / Herceg Novi (Bay of Kotor)Travel on to charming Mostar where you’ll find the visible scars ofthe 1990’s conflict hidden in the restored Ottoman quarter. Wanderalong the world-famous pale stone Stari Most (Old Bridge) beforemoving on to Montenegro and the winding Bay of Kotor on Day 8.Perhaps float the waters by sea kayak or try a mud spa here? (3B)DubrovnikIt’s on to Croatia to experience the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ inDubrovnik. Relax in one of the many cafés, explore the old town, ridea boat to a nearby island and try tasty dishes at a seaside cafe. (2B)Hvar / SplitWelcome to Hvar’s dreamy beaches, thriving nightlife and manywatersports. Soak up the crystal-clear seas, hidden beaches anddeserted lagoons on Day 13 as you cruise around the Pakleni Islands.Ferry back to Split’s mainland on Day 14, tour the UNESCO site atDiocletian’s Palace and stock up on last-minute goodies at the localmarket. Your tour ends on Day 15 and depart Split at any time. (4B)06-070809-1011-12PragueToday you’ll head to the capital of the Czech Republic by train.Enjoy a guided tour of the old town including the Jewish Quarter,astronomical clock, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square. (2B)Ceský KrumlovTravel by private van to the charming town of Cesky Krumlov. Here,visit the 400-year old Eggenberg Brewery where you can sip a localbrew. Intrigued by the supernatural? Opt for a guided ghost tour. (B)ViennaTake an orientation walk in Austria’s capital this morning where you’llvisit the historic Hotel Sacher for a cultural experience, scrumptiouslunch and a taste of famous Sacher Torte - it’s delicious! (2B, L)BudapestOn the final leg of your trip, finish up in Budapest. Embark on anorientation walk then opt to chill out with the locals in a warm,relaxing thermal bath-house. Depart at any time on Day 12. (2B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/pensions (14 nts)Transport: Train, bus, boat, taxi, tram Meals:14 breakfasts Budget: Allow EUR €225-440for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guidesGroup Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEJBTCROATIA121BudapestNovi Sad2211BelgradeMy Own Room Available: Fr $689BOSNIA ANDHERZEGOVINASarajevoMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,499SplitHvarMostarDepartures 2015MONTENEGROSTART FINISH START FINISH START FINISH DubrovnikDepartures 2015SERBIAJun 13 Jun 27 Jul 11 Jul 25 Aug 15 Aug 29Bay of KotorJun 20 Jul 04 Jul 18 Aug 01 Aug 29 Sep 12START FINISH START FINISH START FINISHJun 27 Jul 11 Jul 25 Aug 08 Sep 05 Sep 19Jun 20 Jul 01 Aug 15 Aug 26 Sep 05 Sep 16Jul 04 Jul 18 Aug 01 Aug 15 Sep 12 Sep 26Jul 18 Jul 2922InclusionsTrip Style: Comfort Service Level: UpgradedPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Comfort hotels (11 nts)Transport: Train, bus, private van, local busMeals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: AllowEUR €350-450 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEDEEGERMANY1WeimarBerlin22POLAND2CZECH REPUBLICAUSTRIADresdenPragueCeský ˇ1Krumlov2ViennaBudapest1HUNGAR Y101


BEST OFICELANDARCTIC CIRCLEFR$2,899 AND FJORDSFR$5,179Reykjavik Reykjavik 7 DAYS Kiruna Oslo14 DAYSSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESGodafoss WaterfallHighlights• Cruise a fjord just south of the Arctic Circle to look for whales• Witness icy-blue glacial icebergs drifting across a lagoon• Walk behind a waterfall and stroll along black-sand beachesLofoten Island, NorwayHighlights• Catch a glimpse of the midnight sun and stunning fjords• Hike your way through Norway’s jaw-dropping scenery• Experience the charm of fishing villages on remote northern islandsDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01ReykjavikThis quick introduction to Iceland’s highlights, which works equallywell as an extended stopover between Europe and North America,starts in the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavik.01-02KirunaArrive into Kiruna at any time on Day 1. The next morning, explorethe area and do some hiking. As evening hits, join your guide on anoptional hike to admire the magnificent midnight sun. (B)02AkureyriAfter breakfast, drive through unique landscapes and explorethe charming harbour town of Akureyri, the largest settlement innorthern Iceland. This evening, have your cameras at the ready asyou embark on a thrilling whale watching cruise in Eyjafjordur. (B)03-04Lofoten IslandsHop aboard the Ofoten Railway to Narvik, Norway before continuingby bus to the Lofoten Islands. Spend the night in charming fishingcabins on the coast and enjoy your free time on an optional wildlifespottingcruise, explore the main town or get hiking. (2B)0304-0506-07Lake Myvatn / Seydisfjordur (East Fjords)Travel via the powerful Godafoss Waterfall to the scenic wonder ofLake Myvatn. Explore its geothermal features and lava formationsbefore crossing via the Dettifoss Waterfall to the East Fjords. Getback to nature with a stay on a sustainable farmstead. (B)Hofn / VikAfter an orientation walk in the fishing village of Seydisfjordur, stopto admire Vatnajokull Glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe. Spendthe night in Hofn, where the local lobsters usually manage to clawtheir way onto the dinner menu! Next day, watch the seals sunningthemselves on the blue ice of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, wherethere’s time for an optional boat cruise. Enjoy an included hike inSkaftafell N.P. before reaching the small community of Vik. (2B)South Shore / Golden Circle / ReykjavikTick off the dramatic black-sand beaches, Dyrholaey Cape and thewaterfalls of Sejlalandfoss and Skogafoss. Finish up with the classic‘Golden Circle’ of majestic Gullfoss, the hot springs of Geysir and thefascinating geology and history of Pingvellir. Spend a last night backin bustling Reykjavik before departing any time on Day 7. (2B)05-0607-0809-1213-14Bodø / TrondheimBoard a ferry to Bodø then chill out on a scenic train ride to culturalTrondheim. Discover its heritage the next day, opt to visit Bakklandet,old town bridge, Market Square or Nidaros Cathedral. (2B)GeirangerTake the Dovre Railway to the famous Rauma Railway through themountains, valleys and rivers of this region then hop on a bus to theGeiranger area. Enjoy time at the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord andopt for a scenic cruise, a fjord safari, or paddle along by kayak. (2B)Flam / BergenThis morning’s free to explore before continuing through stunningscenery to Flam. Opt to ride Flamsbana Railway, go kayaking or tingleyour tastebuds with a cheese tasting. Ferry ride to Norway’s famouscity of Bergen and soak up impressive views atop Mt Floyden. (4B)OsloBoard the famous Bergen Railway, one of the highest in the worldto reach the city of Oslo. If you’ve got time on your hands, visit theMunch Museum and Akerhus Fortress. Your tour ends on Day 14. (2B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Standard hotel (5 nts),sustainable farmhouse (1 nt) Transport: Privateminivan/bus Meals: 6 breakfasts Budget:Allow EUR €250-350 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAELBIDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMay 23 May 31Jun 20 Jun 28STARTFINISHJul 18 Jul 26Aug 15 Aug 23START FINISHSep 05 Sep 13Oct 03 Oct 11Reykjavik2GoldenCircle1VikAkureyri1 LakeMyvatnICELAND1Höfn1SeydisfjordurInclusionsTrip Style: Rail Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotel (9 nts), cabins (2 nts),fishing cabins (2 nts) Transport: Train, privatevan, boat, public bus Meals: 13 breakfastsBudget: Allow EUR €600-700 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16,Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEWSRMy Own Room Available: Fr $579 My Own Room Available: Fr $2,189Departures 2015STARTFINISHJun 13 Jun 26Jul 04 Jul 17Jul 18 Jul 31STARTFINISHAug 08 Aug 21Aug 15 Aug 28Aug 29 Sep 11START FINISHSep 05 Sep 18LofotenNORWAYKirunaSWEDENTrondheimGeiranger2Bergen3112Flam2Oslo2102


BALTICS TOST. PETERSBURGGOLDEN RINGFR$2,499 OF RUSSIAFR$2,499Vilnius St. Petersburg 14 DAYS Moscow St. Petersburg8 DAYSVilnius, LithuaniaHighlights• Wander the cobble-stoned streets of Vilnius and Riga• Admire the dunes of the Curonian Spit and stay on an Estonian farm• Visit St. Petersburg and experience legendary ‘white nights’Church of the Savior, St. PetersburgHighlights• Check out Moscow’s showpieces - Kremlin, Armoury and Red Square• Stay in a traditional Russian guesthouse on the shores of Nero Lake• Admire Orthodox frescoes and golden domes in grand cathedralsSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-04Vilnius / Trakai / Curonian SpitArrive in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania and explore the OldTown - one of the oldest surviving medieval centres in Europe anda UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Gothic-style Trakai Castle,perfectly sited on an island. On Day 3, explore some of the world’smost precious soft white sand dunes, dangling off the western partof Lithuania. Enjoy an included bicycle tour. (2B)01-02MoscowArrive in the Russian capital at any time; meet your new tour budsand an old friend - vodka! On Day 2, get busy exploring Moscow, richin history and housing many of the country’s most famous sights.Enjoy an included walking tour of the impressive Kremlin, the officialresidence of the President, and its immense complex of palaces andchurches, as well as the Armoury Chamber.05-0910-1112-14Riga / SaaremaaHead to the vibrant Latvian capital of Riga and enjoy a guided tourof the city and a lunch of delicious treats from the Central Market.On Day 7, cross into Estonia to go local with three nights on a farmon the island of Saaremaa, covered in thick pine forests and boastingempty stretches of sparkling coastline. (4B, L, 3D)TallinnIt is time to leave the country life behind and continue on to thecapital of Estonia and one of Europe’s most enchanting cities, Tallinn.Fall in love with this medieval town, its carved stone walls and 14thCentury churches mixing with modern restaurants, boutiques andvibrant nightlife. Enjoy and included visit to Kadriorg Palace. (2B)St. PetersburgTravel by bus to the ‘Paris of Russia’, St. Petersburg. An includedwalking tour exposes the secrets of this captivating city, bringing itshistory and culture to life. On Day 13, visit the famous HermitageMuseum. Experience the legendary ‘white nights’ in June when thesun barely dips below the horizon, ride the deepest subway in theworld and lounge in the city parks before bidding farewell to yourtravel mates as your tour concludes on Day 14. (B)03-0405-08Suzdal / RostovAfter departing Moscow, you cover the Golden Ring; one of theoldest routes to be found in Russia, dotted with ancient towns eachrepresenting a different historic spirit of the Russian people. In themorning of Day 3, a private transfer will take you to Suzdal, a smalltown and former capital of European Russia in the 11th Century. OnDay 4, travel to Rostov via Yuriev Poslki, the towns resembling openairmuseums, where life is slow and old traditions are maintained.Overnight will be spent in a traditional Russian guesthouse on theshore of Nero Lake. Opt to go horseback riding and fishing. (B, D)Yaroslavl / St. PetersburgEnjoy a guided tour of Yaroslavl, an ancient Russian town, locatedat the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers. In the evening,board an overnight train to St. Petersburg, the most EuropeanRussian city. Enjoy a walking tour with a local guide to give you a realinsight to its stunning architecture and history. In the morning ofDay 7, travel to one of the most beautiful suburbs of St. Petersburg,Pushkin, once the royal estate of the Tsars and enjoy a guided tourof Catherine’s Palace. In the afternoon, return to St. Petersburg for afinal dinner, and there is the option to take a night tour of the city’sbeautiful rivers and canals. On Day 8, say ‘cheers’ with a final vodkaand bid farewell to your new mates. Depart at any time. (3B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (10 nts), farm stay(3 nts) Transport: Public bus, ferry, bike Meals: 9breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Budget: Allow EUR€300-350 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guidesGroup Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEXVSBALTIC SEASaaremaaFINLANDRUSSIAMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,149RigaMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,3792LATVIADepartures 2015START FINISH START FINISHJun 21 Jul 04 Aug 16 Aug 29Jul 12 Jul 25 Aug 30 Sep 12START FINISHSep 13 Sep 2623LITHUANIAESTONIAVilniusSt.PetersburgTallinnCuronian Spit22BELARUS2InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (5 nts), guesthouse (1nt), train (1 nt) Transport: Van, train, bus, metroMeals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD$160-250 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guidesGroup Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAARGRDepartures 2015Apr-OctSelected Saturdays2St. PetersburgRostovRUSSIAYaroslavl1Moscow 2 Suzdal1103


REALM OF THE POLAR BEARLongyearbyen LongyearbyenFR$4,7998 DAYSSMALL GROUP ADVENTURESHighlights• Set off on an adventure of a lifetime• Search for polar bears and whales• Take a plunge in the Arctic• Enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery• Look out for walrus on the ice floes• Discover stunning ice-covered fjords• Glimpse herds of Svalbard’s reindeer• Enjoy the silence of the Arctic tundraDepartures 2015START FINISHJun 12 Jun 19Jun 19 Jun 26InclusionsSTART FINISHJul 06 Jul 13START FINISHJul 23 Jul 30Trip Style: Marine Service Level: UpgradedPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Twin, triple and quad sharecabins or suites, all with en suite bathroomsand porthole or window (7 nts) Transport:MS Expedition, Zodiac, local bus Facilities:Dining room, lounge, library, Polar Bear Pub,outdoor observation deck, gift shop, computerroom, fitness room, sauna, medical clinicMeals: Daily breakfast and lunch (buffetstyle),gourmet dinners (table service with onesitting), occasional polar barbecues (weatherpermitting) Note: Drinks and tips not includedGroup Leader: Full crew of up to 55 on boardwith a 10:1 guest/staff ratio. Group Size: Max134 passengers Tour Code: GAXVRPNXSvalbard Archipelago/ SpitsbergenLongyearbyenFrom close-up encounters with mighty glaciers, to polar bears and other plentiful wildlife, avoyage aboard the MS Expedition is a voyage of non-stop highlights. When summer arrivesin Spitsbergen, the region springs to life with a magnificent bounty of flora and fauna,and awe-inspiring natural wonder. You’ll explore not only by boat, but also by Zodiac andon foot, keeping a look out for roaming wildlife, lounging seals, grazing reindeer and birdcolonies, all of whom co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore for a few months ofthe year. This is the Arctic – this is an adventure.DAY0102-07ITINERARYLongyearbyenGet your first glimpses of the midnight sun in Spitsbergen’s capital, Longyearbyen, where there areas many snowmobiles as people! The community offers a wide range of activities and facilities, sothere is plenty to keep you occupied before boarding time. You’ll embark on the MS Expedition in theafternoon, she is uniquely equipped to meet the demands of sailing in polar environments. Set sailthis evening. (D)Svalbard Archipelago / SpitsbergenEach day of the cruise is planned to take advantage of local ice and weather conditions. Distancesare relatively short in the Archipelago and as there are no ‘open ocean’ crossings, the seas arenormally calm. Svalbard is one of the few places on the planet to offer such a plethora of natural andhistoric extravaganzas and you‘ll spend the next six days exploring this remote polar region. Visitice-covered seas and fjords with breathtaking mountain scenery, and witness glaciers crashing intothe sea around you. Spend time steaming through the ice in search of polar bears busy hunting seals,and keep a constant lookout for walruses hauled out on ice floes or on sandy beaches. At one ormore of the stops, you can hope to see one of Svalbard’s unique species of reindeer, they are muchsmaller than their southern relatives, but still carry impressive antlers. There is also the possibility tosee Arctic foxes. You’ll visit - ice permitting - spectacular bird cliffs filled with thousands of murres(guillemots) as well as kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. There may be the opportunity to walk on shore,observe and photograph the Arctic flora and fauna and cruise in Zodiacs along the ice edge viewingseals or walrus, in fjords with glaciers spilling down to the sea or in front of spectacular seabirdcliffs. This is also a land of history: from whaling to reaching for the North Pole, from trapping tocoal mining and war, and you’ll get the opportunity to visit some of these historic sites. (6B, 6L, 6D)7Ice and weatherconditions permitting08The final itinerary is dependent on ice and weather conditions, which have to be assessed by thecaptain during the voyage, and it may not be possible to visit all the sites mentioned above. By nothaving a set itinerary, however, you take on the expedition spirit and are free to capitalise on thebest that Svalbard has to offer.LongyearbyenArrive back in Longyearbyen in the morning for disembarkation. Wave goodbye to your new friendsand take home the incredible memories and photos of this once-in-a-lifetime voyage. (B)You might likeNorwegian FjordsEdinburgh to Longyearbyen(15 Days) (GAXVNFNX) Fr $6,399Realm Of The Polar Bear in DepthLongyearbyen to Longyearbyen(11 Days) (GAXVRDNX) Fr $6,649Arctic HighlightsLongyearbyen to Reykjavik(14 Days) (GAXVAHNX) Fr $6,399104


BUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURESBUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURESDesigned for adventurous backpackers, ourbudget regional trips are for those who wantmaximum Europe without breaking the bank.Travel through the sunny hot spots of Italy,Spain and Turkey, or take a peek behind theformer ‘Iron Curtain’ in Eastern Europe on oneof the Balkan, Bohemian or Rhapsody Treks(there’s a song in there somewhere)! Thesewill take you from Prague down to Croatia orGreece (where they link up with great sailingoptions), and all the way over to Istanbul.Many of these trips are also designed to linkup with Busabout’s awesome hop-on, hop-offcoach network (see pages 38-42), so that youcan build them into your wider wanderings.Finally, budget regional trips are also availablein Scotland, England and Wales through ourwild and sexy partner HAGGiS Adventures(see pages 125-129), and in Ireland withShamrocker Adventures (see pages 130-131).


IBERIANADVENTUREITALIANFR$1,099/ FR STUDENTSFR$1,059 ADVENTURE$419/ FR $399STUDENTSMadrid Madrid 7 DAYS Rome Rome3 DAYSBUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURESLagos, PortugalHighlights• Enjoy sangria and flavoursome tapas in local tavernas and bars• Hit the Lagos party circuit on Portugal’s sunny Algarve coast• Discover a new continent and explore the Moroccan city of TangierAmalfi CoastHighlights• Discover ancient Roman life on a guided tour of the ruins of Pompeii• Enjoy the glamorous Isle of Capri with its famous Blue Grotto• Treat yourself with some home-made gelato and a shot of limoncelloDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-020304-0607Madrid / Cordoba / Seville / LagosDepart Madrid and head to the beautiful town of Cordoba, with itsawesome architecture, and incredible central Mosque. Continue on tostunning Seville and explore the city with an orientation walk to theimposing Alcazar Palace. On Day 2, head off to the sun lovers’ partytown of Lagos in the south of Portugal. Enjoy an optional dinner atan authentic Portuguese restaurant with your group. (B)LagosLagos is famous for its beaches, bars, restaurants and vibrantsummer nightlife and it’s yours for the taking today. Opt to explorethe secluded coastline of the Algarve by kayak, grab some surflessons or just lie on the beach and nurse your hangover. Spend thenight partying at Lagos’ best bars. (B)Tangier / GranadaFrom Costa del Sol to the Costa de la Luz and one of its brighteststars, Tarifa, before the ferry to Morocco and the exotic splendour ofTangier. Day 5 will take you to Granada, known as the home of tapas.Grab your mates and sample some of the local specialities. On Day6, you’ll have the option to join a fully-guided tour of the stunningAlhambra Palace or relax and head to the Turkish hot pools for amassage. Enjoy a traditional flamenco show tonight. (3B)Granada / Consuegra / Toledo / MadridLeaving Granada, make a stop in Consuegra before heading to theUNESCO-listed city of Toledo. The former capital of Spain commandsa strategic hilltop location and boasts a chequered and turbulenthistory. Check out Toledo’s famous cathedral featuring significantart works by El Greco, Rubens and Titian. Return to Madrid by earlyevening where your tour will come to an end. (B)010203Rome / Pompeii / SorrentoRise and shine for an early departure from Rome down to Pompeii,Europe’s most compelling archaeological site and one of Italy’smost-visited tourist attractions. Enjoy a tour of this UNESCO WorldHeritage site, whose treasures were buried by the volcanic eruptionof Mt. Vesuvius. Continue down the Amalfi Coast, twisting througha succession of lovely villages to the resort of Sorrento, your basefor the next two nights. Dip in the pool or visit the campsite beachbefore heading into sun-kissed Sorrento for an orientation walk, alimoncello and chocolate tasting and an optional meal at a traditionalrestaurant followed by a few cocktails at some local bars.Isle of CapriGet a taste of the real ‘dolce vita’ as you spend the whole day onthe Isle of Capri. Tour along the coastline and check out the surrealBlue Grotto, incredible celebrity homes and gorgeous scenery. Takethe cable car up to Anacapri and look out for the paparazzi chasingthe visiting celebrities. Discover true Italian ice cream and enjoy thebeach before heading up to the spectacular Giardini di Augosto for aview of the Faraglioni rocks. Return to Sorrento for the night.Amalfi Coast / RomeMake the most of your final day driving the spectacular Amalficoastline, past the town of Positano, with relaxed stops in Amalfiand Ravello. For a true taste of the Italian South chill out on thebeach and eat the best cakes ever at the local bakeries in Amalfi. Inthe afternoon, head back to Rome where the trip concludes - localtraffic conditions mean we cannot guarantee the return time. Werecommend you book your onward travel the day after your trip ends.InclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Hostels (6 nts, multishare)Transport: Modern air con coach Meals: 6breakfasts Group Leader: Guide/Driver GroupSize: Avg 35 Notes: Includes orientation walksin each town, locally-guided tour of Seville TourCode: BUPORTUGALSPAINMadridToledoInclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Twin share tent-cabins(2 nts) Transport: Modern air con coachMeals: None included Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: Includedtour of Pompeii & Sorrento, boat trip to/around Capri (weather permitting), limoncello &chocolate tasting Tour Code: BURomeITALYADRIATIC SEADepartures 2015STARTFINISHMay 30 Jun 05Jun 06 Jun 12Jun 13 Jun 19Jun 20 Jun 26Jun 27 Jul 03Jul 04 Jul 10STARTFINISHJul 11 Jul 17Jul 18 Jul 24Jul 25 Jul 31Aug 01 Aug 07Aug 08 Aug 14Aug 15 Aug 21START FINISHAug 22 Aug 28Aug 29 Sep 04Sep 05 Sep 11Sep 12 Sep 18Sep 19 Sep 25ConsuegraLagos21TangierMOROCCOSeville21GranadaDepartures 2015MayJun & AugJulSepSelected Mon & FriEvery Mon & Fri and selected WedEvery Mon, Wed & FriSelected Mon & Every FriSorrentoIsle ofCapriPompeii2RavelloAmalfiCoast106


AEGEANADVENTURECAPPADOCIAFR$1,119/ FR STUDENTSFR$1,095 ADVENTURE$969/ FR STUDENTS$945Istanbul Fethiye 8 DAYS Fethiye Istanbul7 DAYSHighlights• Explore the ancient ruins of Troy and the Acropolis of Pergamum• Stay in a treehouse in Saklikent Gorge• Explore the unique calcium limestone terraces of PamukkaleHighlights• Stay in a treehouse and find the hidden beach of Olympos• Explore the out-of-this-world landscapes of Cappadocia• Visit Ankara and party ‘till dawn in dazzling IstanbulCappadociaBUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURESDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0304-0506-08Istanbul / Gallipoli / EphesusHead out of Istanbul and on to Gallipoli to visit the peninsula, famousfor the brave ANZACs who fought their way into history back in1915. On Day 2, travel to legendary Troy, where Achilles battled theTrojans in Homer’s Iliad, then Pergamum and its staggering remains,and finally reaching your overnight oasis at the ancient Ephesus. OnDay 3, time to explore Ephesus or just hang around the oasis pool.Don’t miss the remarkable 25,000-seater colisseum or the incredibleCuretes Way. In the evening, why not find yourself an authenticrestaurant to enjoy great Turkish food and wine well into the balmynight? (2B)Pamukkale / Saklikent Gorge / FethiyeJourney inland to Pamukkale, famous for its limestone baths, healingwaters and glowing white travertines that wind down the hill.Move on to the impressive Saklikent Gorge, before reaching yourtreehouse escape for the night. On Day 5, rise to a burst of natureatop the tree line in your own treehouse. Spend an unforgettableday in this delicious refuge rafting down the crystal-clear watersbefore immersing yourself in a mudbath. Wallow in the cool naturalenvironment of the gorge, hike and enjoy a beautiful lunch beforeheading to the Mediterranean coast and reaching Fethiye to startyour cruise. (2B, D)Aegean Sail / FethiyeSpend two relaxing days as you cruise through pine-clad islands,pristine waters and Cleopatra’s Baths. This evening, reach Fethiyefor the final night out with your group. On Day 8, it’s time to bidfarewell to your group as your adventure wraps up this morning. Butnot to worry, you can continue your explorations on the CappadociaAdventure (adjacent). (3B, 2L, 2D)01-0203-0506-07Fethiye / Kas / OlymposMeet your group in Fethiye this morning then head to the quaintlittle town of Kas for lunch and a swim. Continue to Olympos, theearthly paradise, where your treehouse escape awaits. After dinner,hit the bars for some revelry. On Day 2, stroll through the lush valley,past Lycian ruins and over babbling brooks of clean fresh water tothe hidden beach of Olympos, then embark on the fishing trip to anisland and enjoy swimming, fishing and eating. (B, 2D)CappadociaHead inland for the lunar-like Cappadocia visiting Konya, the spiritualcapital of Turkey, and Sultanhani en route. Reach Cappadocia thisevening and enjoy the mind-blowing views of its fairytale landscape.Take a dip in the oasis pool then relax with a succulent barbecueand a well-earned cold beer. On Day 4, tick off the Cappadociabucket list with guided visits to an underground city, an open-airmuseum, a valley walk and pottery display. Get off the beaten trackand experience the real flavour of this stunning region. Day 5, youexplore a hidden valley, authentic towns, a traditional Cappadocianhouse and fairy chimneys galore. (3B)Ankara / IstanbulRise early this morning as you depart for the fun and happeningIstanbul. Stop off at the Turkish capital, Ankara to view Ataturk’smemorial and learn about his beliefs and why this revered leaderbecame known as the Father of the Turks. Enjoy the final night outwith your travel mates in buzzing Istanbul, before your trip wraps upon the morning of Day 7. (2B)InclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Hostels/motels (3 nts,multishare), tree house (1 nt, multishare), gulet(3 nts, multishare) Transport: Air con coachMeals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinnersGroup Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg35 Notes: Included Gallipoli tour, Troy andPergamum entrance fees Tour Code: BUDepartures 2015START FINISH START FINISHMay 09 May 16May 23 May 30Jul 18Jul 25Jul 25Aug 01Jun 06 Jun 13 Aug 01 Aug 08Jun 20 Jun 27 Aug 08 Aug 15Jul 04 Jul 11 Aug 15 Aug 22Jul 11 Jul 18 Aug 22 Aug 29START FINISHAug 29 Sep 05Sep 12 Sep 19Sep 26 Oct 03Oct 10 Oct 171EphesusAEGEAN SEAGallipoliTroy2Bergama3BLACK SEAIstanbulTURKEYPamukkaleSaklikentGorge1FethiyeInclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Hostel (1 nt, multishare),boutique cave (3 nts, multishare), treehouse(2 nts, multishare) Transport: Modern air concoach Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners GroupLeader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 35Notes: Includes Zelve Museum, undergroundcity tour, Mevtana Konya & Sultanhani, potterydisplay, guided valley walks Tour Code: BUDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMay 02 May 08May 16 May 22May 30 Jun 05Jun 13 Jun 19Jun 27 Jul 03Jul 11 Jul 17STARTFINISHSTARTFINISHJul 18 Jul 24 Aug 29 Sep 04Jul 25 Jul 31 Sep 05 Sep 11AEGEAN SEAAug 01 Aug 07 Sep 19 Sep 25Aug 08 Aug 14 Oct 03 Oct 09Aug 15 Aug 21 Oct 17 Oct 23Aug 22 Aug 28Istanbul1BLACK SEATURKEYKonyaFethiye2KasAnkaraCappadociaOlympos3107


BOHEMIANTREKCLASSICFR$979/ FR STUDENTSFR$939 RHAPSODY TREK $1,239/ FR STUDENTS$1,189Split Prague 7 DAYS Prague Split9 DAYSBUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURESHighlights• Uncover Slovenia’s Alpine playground; Lake Bled and its island church• Visit the Bohemian capital of Prague and ‘Czech’ out its charms• Wine tasting in the stunning Moravian wine regionPlitvice Lakes National Park, CroatiaHighlights• Visit the incredible Church of Human Bones in Kutna Hora• Pay your respects with a visit to infamous Auschwitz & Birkenau• Wander between the lakes in Croatia’s Plitvice National ParkDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01Split / ZagrebA stunning drive through scenic mountains to buzzing Zagreb,Croatia’s capital. A city that oozes with energy and a zest for life,but still has a refreshing amount of old-world graciousness. After anorientation walk, hit the bars and local eateries with your new mates.01Prague / Kutna Hora / OlomoucLeaving the Czech capital this morning, your first stop is the UNESCOWorld Heritage town of Kutna Hora. Explore an ancient church madefrom human bones then head to Olomouc. Enjoy a city walk and anoptional dinner in a Moravian restaurant, then it’s time to party.02-0304-0506-07Zagreb / Ljubljana / Lake BledA short drive over the border to magnificent Slovenia this morningand en route you’ll stop and enjoy the eastern princess of Ljubljana.Later on, you’re back on the scenic road to Lake Bled. On Day 3, getyour adventure fix with an optional day trip on the Emerald River.Here you can swim and raft your way through cascading waterfallsand mountain peaks, in the midst of the Slovenian Alps. (2B)Lake Bled / BratislavaExplore the lake and row out to the church perched beautifully on itsisland. After that, you’ll be Bratislava bound! After a city orientation,you’ll see its castles and its electric atmosphere. Head out forsome local delicacies and inspect the bar scene. On Day 5, head tothe beautiful Czech town of Znojmo. Explore its beautiful historicbuildings and fantastic view points. Spend the afternoon discoveringthe natural beauty of Podyke National Park. (2B)Bratislava / PragueExplore the Moravian countryside before being greeted by pictureperfectPrague. You’ll have time to see all of its iconic sights like theOld Town and Hradcany Castle, before indulging in absurdly cheapbeers and unforgettable nightlife. Bid your farewells as your tripfinishes after breakfast on Day 7. (2B)02-0304-0607-09Olomouc / Auschwitz / Birkenau / KrakowStop for a visit at the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration campsto learn about the sad and harrowing history of the Holocaust. It’sthen on to Krakow, where the drinks are cheap and the nightlife isbuzzing. On Day 3, explore the sights of this beautiful town. (2B)Krakow / Zakopane / BudapestA short drive to the adventure resort of Zakopane, where you’ll findmountains galore - hiker heaven! On Day 5, head for the Hungariancapital, Budapest, with an optional tank ride and stop in the VelkaFatra mountains. Enjoy a Danube River cruise and a night out. Day6 is yours to explore; chill out in the thermal baths, visit the bestmarkets or explore the city by bike. (3B)Budapest / Plitvice / SplitYou’re off to Croatia today, with a swim stop at Lake Balaton. Visitthe Balkan open-air war museum before arriving in Plitvice NationalPark at sunset for a barbecue and a few beers. On Day 8, explorethe aqua-blue lakes and water wonderland of Plitvice National Park,before heading over lunar landscapes to Split and the Croatian coast.Check out the Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace before your lastnight. Day 9, and it’s time to say your sad farewells. (3B, D)4 Day Mini Bohemian Trek (Split-Lake Bled) option available.7 Day Rhapsody Trek (Prague-Budapest) & 3 Day Mini Rhapsody Trek(Budapest-Split) options available.InclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Hotel/hostel (6nts multishare)Transport: Air con coach Meals: 6 breakfastsGroup Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 35Notes: Includes orientation walks in Zagreb,Ljubljana, Bled, Bratislava, Znojmo and Prague,Slivovica and wine tasting Tour Code: BUDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMay 09 May 15May 23 May 29Jun 06 Jun 12Jun 13 Jun 19Jun 20 Jun 26Jun 27 Jul 03Jul 04 Jul 10STARTFINISHJul 11 Jul 17Jul 18 Jul 24Jul 25 Jul 31Aug 01 Aug 07Aug 08 Aug 14Aug 15 Aug 21Aug 22 Aug 28START FINISHAug 29 Sep 04Sep 05 Sep 11Sep 12 Sep 18Sep 19 Sep 25Sep 26 Oct 02CZECH REP1AUSTRIALakeBledPragueZnojmo2BratislavaLjubljana Zagreb1SLOVENIACROATIA1Split1InclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Hostels/hotels (7 nts,multishare) bungalow (1 nt) Transport: Modernair con coach Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 barbecuedinner Group Leader: Guide/Driver GroupSize: Avg 35 Notes: Includes city orientationwalks, tour of Auschwitz & Birkenau, entranceto Plitvice National Park, Bone Church, KutnaHora, barbecue at the Plitvice Lakes Tour Code:BUDepartures 2015MayJun-AugSepSelected FridaysEvery FridaySelected FridaysPragueCZECH REPAUSTRIA1POLANDKrakow1ZakopaneOlomoucSLOVAKIABudapestHUNGARYPlitvice1Split212108


OTTOMANTREKCLASSICFR$1,069/ FR STUDENTSFR$1,029 BALKAN TREK $1,049/ FR STUDENTS$1,009Split Istanbul 8 DAYS Istanbul Split8 DAYSMostar, Bosnia and HerzegovinaHighlights• See the famous rebuilt 16th Century bridge in Mostar’s old town• Discover archaeological ruins from the Ottomans in Plovdiv• Explore the nightlife scenes in three Eastern European capitalsMeteora Monasteries, GreeceHighlights• Tuck into delicious food in Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki• Admire Meteora’s stunning clifftop monasteries• Unwind on the sun-drenched beaches of Albania and MontenegroBUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURESDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY0102-040506-08Split / Mostar / SarajevoFrom the historic city of Split, you’ll enjoy the drive along thedramatic Croatian coast and into Bosnia. Stop in magnificent Mostar,famous for its quirky old town and 16th Century Ottoman bridge,beautifully rebuilt since its destruction during the war in 1993.Continue on to Sarajevo; top nightlife, live bands and great food.Sarajevo / BelgradeToday, get to know the Bosnian capital and its incredible history.Visit the famous Sarajevo Tunnel, which once provided the onlyaccess to the outside world for its beseiged citizens. Relax theafternoon away shopping in the old town bazaar. Next on the agenda,head to the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Explore the city with its grandOrthodox churches - but the real highlight here is the people. (3B)SofiaHead across the border into Bulgaria where you’ll get to inspectsome Ottoman ruins in Nis before arriving into the energetic capital,Sofia. The inner city is full of monuments, sweeping boulevards andchic eateries. At night, feast your ears on gypsy music! (B)Sunny Beach / IstanbulToday, journey to the resort of Sunny Beach on Bulgaria’s beautifulBlack Sea coast. From watersports and beaches by day and livelyparties by night, this is the place to be! On Day 7, reach the end ofEurope as you travel on to Istanbul and trace the footsteps of theonce-mighty Ottoman Army back to the very edge of Asia. Enjoyscrumptious Turkish food and check out the lively nightlife. Sadly, it’sall over after breakfast on Day 8. (3B)0102-0304-050607-08Istanbul / ThessalonikiSet off from Istanbul across the Greek border for a stop in Kavalato see the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct. Continue toThessaloniki, where the nightlife is legendary, the food is some of thebest in Greece and the history is awe-inspiring!Meteora / AthensToday, visit the ancient site of Meteora to see the 9th Centurymonasteries perched high up on the cliffs. It’s then on to the bustlingGreek capital, Athens. On Day 3, it’s up to you how you spend yourtime, but one thing’s for certain, you’ll never be far from ancientmonuments. Tonight, head out to bustling Plaka for some raki. (2B)Parga / Gjorkastra / TiranaThe next stop is Parga, a party town with great beaches and tracesof Greek mythology. On Day 5, head into Albania, an up-and-cominghot spot, with beaches and history to back it up. Visit bunkers andthe UNESCO World Heritage town of Gjorkastra, before heading tothe capital city, Tirana (2B)BudvaHead north into Montenegro, one of the most beautiful corners ofEurope. We stay in the atmospheric town of Budva, set directly onthe Mediterranean and with the best beach culture in the Balkans. (B)Dubrovnik / SplitSave the best ‘til last - you’re off to Croatia! Take a walk aroundDubrovnik’s historic city walls before heading up the coast to Split foryour final night. Depart after breakfast on Day 8. (2B)4 Day Mini Balkan Trek (Istanbul-Athens) & 5 Day Balkan Trek(Athens-Split) options also available.InclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Hotels/hostels (7 nts,multishare) Transport: Modern air-con coachMeals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: IncludesSofia, Istanbul and Nis orientation walks,Mostar local guide Tour Code: BUDepartures 2015CROATIASarajevo2SunnyBelgrade Beach2NisMostarSplit Sofia 1Istanbul11InclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Hotels/hostels (7 nts,multishare) Transport: Modern air-conditionedcoach Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 35 Notes: IncludesMeteora Monastery entrance, orientation walksof Thessaloniki, Tirana and Budva Tour Code:BUDepartures 2015Split1BudvaGjirokastraDubrovnik11PargaTirana11IstanbulKavalaThessalonikiMeteora2AthensSTARTFINISHSTARTFINISHSTARTFINISHSTARTFINISHSTARTFINISHSTARTFINISHMay 16 May 23May 30 Jun 06Jun 13 Jun 20Jun 27 Jul 04Jul 11 Jul 18Jul 25 Aug 01Aug 08 Aug 15Aug 22 Aug 29Sep 05 Sep 12Sep 19 Sep 26Oct 03 Oct 10MEDITERRANEAN SEAMay 23 May 30Jun 06 Jun 13Jun 20 Jun 27Jul 04 Jul 11Jul 18 Jul 25Aug 01 Aug 08Aug 15 Aug 22Aug 29 Sep 05Sep 12 Sep 19Sep 26 Oct 03Oct 10 Oct 17MEDITERRANEAN SEA109


SCANDI-BALTIC ADVENTUREVilnius TallinnSTUDENTSFR$1,139/ FR $1,0998 DAYSBUDGET REGIONAL ADVENTURESHighlights• Walking tour of Vilnius’ old town• Visit Trakai’s medieval lake castle• Pilgrimage to the Hill of Crosses• Explore Riga’s charming old town• Party in buzzing Stockholm• Relax in a sauna in Finland• Soak up the laid-back vibe in Helsinki• Enjoy the steamy nightlife in TallinnDepartures 2015START IN VILNIUS - FINISH IN TALLINNSTART FINISHJun 13 Jun 20Jun 27 Jul 04START IN TALLINN - FINISH IN VILNIUSSTART FINISHJun 20 Jun 27Jul 04 Jul 11InclusionsSTART FINISHJul 11 Jul 18Jul 25 Aug 01START FINISHJul 18 Jul 25Aug 01 Aug 08START FINISHAug 08 Aug 15Aug 22 Aug 29START FINISHAug 15 Aug 22Aug 29 Sep 05Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Hostels (5 nts, multishare),overnight ferry (2 nts, multishare) Transport:Modern air-conditioned coach, ferry Meals: 7breakfasts Group Leader: Guide/Driver GroupSize: Avg 35 Notes: Includes all orientationwalks, Viking walk in Stockholm Tour Code: BUFINLANDHelsinkiOvernight 1CruiseStockholm1 OvernightCruise11TallinnESTONIALATVIAHill of CrossesLITHUANIA21RigaVilniusWinding cobble-stoned streets, medieval castles and churches, buzzing bars, a thrivingrestaurant scene and unbeatable night life – welcome to the wonderful north and theScandi-Baltic Adventure! A funky, vibrant, sun-drenched, elegant romp through the threeBaltic countries, plus Sweden and Finland and their über-cool capital cities, all joined up bythe glittering Baltic Sea. Starting in Vilnius, you’ll travel to the Baltic coast and cruise fromRiga over to Stockholm, Helsinki and on to Tallinn, taking in the scenery that really makesthis part of the world one of the coolest in Europe.DAY010203-0405-0607-08ITINERARYTallinn, EstoniaVilnius / Trakai / Hill of Crosses / RigaToday, get to know Lithuania’s little gem, the capital of Vilnius, with all its quirky nooks and crannies.Enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful, UNESCO-listed historic old town and discover its many moderncafés, bars and live music yards. There is a curious charm about the city; the KGB Museum standsalongside palatial residences once occupied by the likes of Napoleon. You’ll also get to visit Trakai, asmall town just outside Vilnius, and its red-brick fairytale island castle perched on a beautiful lake.One remarkable last stop in Lithuania is the eerie Hill of Crosses, a place of pilgrimage in the Baltics,before you cross over the border into Latvia and its funky capital of Riga.RigaRiga boasts 750 fine examples of art nouveau architecture and is full of landmark sights as well asthriving bar and restaurant scenes. Visit the Occupation Museum to learn the story of life under theNazis and Russians, and enjoy the views from St. Peter’s Church Tower then go on an orientation walkto stretch the legs, taking in the toytown cuteness and all its main sights before an exciting eveningof Baltic revelry. (B)Riga / StockholmToday is yours to delve a little deeper into life in Riga. Get lost on winding, cobbled streets, visit thecentral market, one of the largest in Europe, where you can sample a vast array of local produce,and make the most of the vibrant café scene. Later, board the ferry for an overnight mini-cruise toSweden’s capital, Stockholm. It promises to be a night full of entertainment, with karaoke and quitepossibly an ABBA-themed tribute band. Arrive at sunrise on Day 4, and after checking-in, head off todiscover the Old Town with our Viking friends who will illuminate Stockholm’s past and present. Thisevening, catch some live bands as Sweden does have a funky music scene. (2B)Stockholm / HelsinkiMore time to explore this stunning city, its saffron-coloured buildings and cobbled streets of GamlaStan (Old Town), surrounded by little avenues of blue water. Introduce yourself to Swedish meatballs,and cycle around some of Stockholm’s 14 islands, before perhaps continuing the ABBA theme with avisit to the new museum dedicated to the fab Swedish foursome. Later, board your second overnightcruise, this time headed to the dynamic and designer-dominated capital of Finland, Helsinki. Onarrival, you’ll have the chance to explore the city at the forefront of Nordic design and soak in itslaid-back atmosphere before ambling out to Suomenlinna and the fabulous ‘fortress of Finland’ wherethe Russians seized the town from the Swedes. Tonight, enjoy a beautiful dinner, get steamy in asauna and party ‘til the sun comes up. (2B)Helsinki / TallinnCruise the Baltic Sea for the last time today as you board the ferry for a two-hour trip to theenchanting city of Tallinn. The city is a pleasant mix of old and modern, with the cobbled streetsof Toompea towering above the spires of medieval churches, and hiding an incredible range ofrestaurants, cafés, boutiques and nightclubs within its the carved stone walls. Delve into the city’shistory with a walk around the incredibly well-preserved medieval centre, and take in the views overthe city’s red-tiled roofs then make the most of this Baltic hot spot by immersing in the steamynightlife that Tallinn is famous for. Your adventure wraps up after breakfast on Day 8 when it’s timeto bid farewell to your travel buddies. (2B)Stockholm, Sweden110


ACTIVE HOLIDAYSACTIVE HOLIDAYSYou don’t have to be an elite super-humanathlete to enjoy an active holiday. You alsodon’t have to be ‘on the go’ from dawn ‘tildusk, collapsing into bed each night blistered,saddle sore and with every muscle aching.Whether you’re looking for hiking, surfing,cycling, rafting or skiing (or want to enjoya mix of those activities), and regardless ofyour fitness level or previous ability, there’s anactive holiday to suit. The one thing they havein common is that they’re all geared towardsadventurers with a love of the great outdoors.Many are small group discoveries where you’lltravel with an average of 12 like-minded folks.Cycle from château to château in the LoireValley, learn to surf in San Sebastian, hikeIceland’s iconic Landmannalaugar Trail, or signup for a full-on week of skiing, snowboardingand serious partying in the Austrian Alps.On most of the trips to follow in this section,we’ve shown a ‘Physical Grading’ - see page 9.


TREKKINGMONT BLANCLOIRE VALLEYFR$1,939 CYCLINGFR$1,649Chamonix Chamonix 10 DAYS Blois Nantes8 DAYSACTIVE HOLIDAYSHighlights• Trek the world-class hiking circuit of Europe’s highest peak• Conquer steep climbs and high mountain passes• Admire spectacular views of glaciers, valleys and Alpine meadowsChâteau de Chenonceau, Loire ValleyHighlights• Cycle through the history books at a string of glorious châteaux• Take time to appreciate the lush scenery of Loire Valley• Pedal through the ‘Garden of France’ and sample regional produceDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-02Chamonix / Les ContaminesArrive in Chamonix for a welcome meeting with your fellow hikers.On Day 2, take a cable car from Les Houches to Bellevue, and thenhike through spruce forests and Alpine meadows past the BionnassayGlacier. Descend to Les Contamines for a night in a mountain gite. (D)01-02Blois / ChenonceauArrive at any time and spend your day in the twisting streets of thetown, or sample delicious French cuisine. Start Day 2 pedalling theFrench countryside. On your way to Chenonceau, stop at Château deBlois and get a real sense of the regal history in the Loire. (B)0304-0506-0708-10Les Contamines / Les ChapieuxToday is the first real challenge as you have a steep ascent to the Coldu Bonhomme (2,329m), a perfect lunch stop with awesome views.The auberge at Les Chapieux serves local specialities for dinner. (B, D)Les Chapieux / CourmayeurClimb to the Col de la Seigne (2,516m) and the border with Italy.Today’s route is demanding, but the views are fabulous and Day 5 isat leisure to recover in the town of Courmayeur. There’s an optionalcable car ride to Pointe Helbronner on Mont Blanc. (2B)Courmayeur / Val Ferret / La FoulyThe steep climb up to Rifugio Bertone (1,970m) is rewarded with agreat view of Mont Blanc Massif. Continue along the Mont de la Saxefor a picnic lunch facing the ridge of the Grandes Jorasses, beforedescending to the Italian Val Ferret. Start Day 7 with a steep climb tocross the Grand Col Ferret (2,537m) and drop down into Switzerland.Travel on to the Swiss mountain village of La Fouly. (2B, 2D)Trient / ChamonixHike the ‘Bovine Way’; an ancient trail used to access the highsummer cow pastures. Cross the Col de la Forclaz and down intoTrient. On Day 9, a final day of trekking takes you over the Col de laBalme back into France’s Chamonix Valley, for a bus or train ride backto Chamonix. Tour ends after breakfast on Day 10. (2B, D)03-04050607-08Tours / ChinonContinue on to the spectacular Château de Chenonceau, then throughvillages to the town of Tours, passing the city of Amboise. Stop bythe markets to pick up some succlulent treats! Day 4 begins cyclingalong the river passing the meadows of the Loire to Chinon. Alongthe route stop at Château Usse and the famous Renaissance eragardens of the Château de Villandry before arriving in Chinon. (2B, L)SaumurVisit a vineyard to sample some Chinon red wine. As you cycle inthe shadow of a steep limestone cliff, known as ‘Tuffeau’ you’ll passhouses built out of the cliff face, visit troglodyte caves and winecellars. See a unique regional sight, ‘pommes tapees’, translated ashammered apples. Arrive in Saumur for the night. (B)GennesOn today’s ride, you might even be able to sample the delicious fruitsold in the harvest season from roadside stalls. Visit the unusualmushroom caves of the Musée du Champignon. In Gennes, visit thechâteau of Milly-le-Meugon. (B)Angers / NantesOnce in Angers, visit the château, famous for the ApocalypseTapestry, and make the most of the cuisine and wine from the region.On Day 8, take the train to Nantes where your trip ends. (2B)InclusionsTrip Style: Active Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 5 Age Group: Any age Accommodation:Hotels (2 nts), basic hotels (2 nts), mountainrefuges (5 nts) Transport: Local bus, cable carMeals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners Budget: AllowEUR €240-315 for meals not included GroupLeader: Qualified International Mountain Leaderas Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size:Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEFMBDepartures 2015Jun - SepFrequent departures, typically 3-8departures per monthTrientChamonix1LesContamines1SWITZERLAND21 1Les ChapieuxLa FoulyValFerretCourmayeurI T A L YFRANCE21InclusionsTrip Style: Active Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport:Train, bike Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget:Allow EUR €340-415 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEFAAMy Own Room Available: Fr $639Departures 2015STARTFINISHMay 16 May 23May 30 Jun 06Jun 13 Jun 20Jun 20 Jun 27STARTFINISHJul 11 Jul 18Jul 18 Jul 25Jul 25 Aug 01Aug 15 Aug 22START FINISHAug 29 Sep 05Sep 05 Sep 12Sep 12 Sep 19Oct 03 Oct 10ATLANTICOCEANENGLISH CHANNELBloisAngers 1Tours1Nantes1GennesSaumur1111ChinonChenonceauFRANCE112


SURF CAMPSAN SEBASTIANZarautzZarautzFR$50FROM 1 DAYHighlights• Enjoy days chilling out on the beach and riding crashing waves like a pro• Fuel up on beer and sangria and dance the night away in one of the lively clubs• Spend your nights under the stars just a stumbling distance from the beachInclusionsDeparts: Selected dates 01Jun-30Sep Accommodation:twin share tents (mattress & sleeping bag supplied) Meals:breakfasts (basic) / 3 meals a day (all-inclusive) OptionalExtra: Unlimited beer & sangria for €5 per day Tour Code:EASSCSSpend your days riding waves, soaking up sun, sipping sangria and slurping beer, andyour nights raving away in thumping clubs, chatting to new buddies and exploringSan Sebastian. This little slice of paradise is a combination of landscape (mountainsand beaches), Basque culture, food, parties, waves and weather. Your well-equippedcampsite with a cafe/restaurant, shop, WI-FI, hot showers and even a dancefloor willbe in the beautiful rolling hills of Zarautz, close to the beach and sultry San Sebastian.Camping, hot breakfasts, surf guides and wild parties come as standard. If you’rea savvy spender, choose the all-inclusive option and you’ll get everything alreadymentioned plus all meals, surf instruction (two-hours daily), surfboard equipment,beach games and party nights thrown in too. What you waiting for?ACTIVE HOLIDAYSVAN SURFARISPAIN & FRANCESan SebastianSan SebastianFR$2994 - 7 DAYSHighlights• Cruise up and down the coast surfing wherever the waves are best• As the sun goes down, it’s time to party in some of the lively nightlife hotspots• Opt to upgrade to get the best tips and tricks from an experienced surf instructorInclusionsDeparts: Selected dates 15Jun-30Sep Accommodation:twin share tents (mattress & sleeping bags supplied)Meals: 3 meals every day Optional Extra: Unlimited beer &sangria for €5 per day Tour Code: EASVSFIt’s time to come out of your shell and hit the beach with this trip that combines thewonders of a surf trip with the adventure of a safari. Departing from San Sebastian,cruise up and down the coast stopping to hunt crashing waves at top surf spots alongthe Spanish and French Basque coast. At the end of each day, bed down at whicheversurf camp is the closest, set up your tents and whip up a healthy (but hearty) dinner.It’s then beer/sangria o’ clock and time to party! Daily transport on the surf bus plusmeals are included and you can add daily two-hour surf lessons and all surf equipmentby simply upgrading - great for those wanting to perfect their skills with an experiencedsurf instructor. To ensure you get the most out of this awesome trip, you’ll also get tovisit the best spots suited to your level of experience. Wow!YACHT SURFARISPAIN & FRANCESan SebastianBiarritzFR$5484 - 7 DAYSHighlights• Enjoy a cruise along France and Spain‘s coast. stopping at the pumping surf spots• As the sun goes down, crack open the beers and start the party onboard the yacht• Upgrade to get surf savvy with great pointers from an experienced surf instructorInclusionsDeparts: Selected dates 15Jun-30Sep Accommodation:12 beds onboard the yacht Meals: 3 meals every dayOptional Extra: Unlimited beer & sangria for €10 per dayTour Code: EASYSFChannel your inner Jack Sparrow with this swashbuckling, surf-drenched adventure!Setting sail from San Sebastian, you’ll cruise along the coast, stopping to catch wavesat the best surf spots along the Spanish and French Basque coast. On your ‘off’days explore the Pyrenees, eating (and drinking) in scrummy cider houses behind SanSebastian. Come sunset, retreat to your rig to pop open a few beers whilst filling upon a tasty dinner. Party the night away onboard your yacht or stop in Hossegor to rubshoulders with the surfing elite. At the end of each night, catch some shut-eye in comfybunks in the hull of the yacht and wake to the fresh sea air! Your surfing adventure willfinish in Biarritz so raise your glasses and toast to the trip! If you’re eager to get surfsavvy, upgrade to include surf lessons and all surf equipment. Are you ready?113


CYCLINGIN TUSCANYSLOVENIAFR$1,899 MULTISPORTFR$1,749Rome Chianciano Terme 7 DAYS Bled Bled8 DAYSACTIVE HOLIDAYSHighlights• Cycle through Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns• Visit quaint Pienza and the medieval hill town of Montepulciano• Learn traditional recipes and munch on delicious Tuscan cuisineLake Bled, Julian Alps, SloveniaHighlights• Get a feel for the Slovenian countryside by mountain bike• Hike along many mountaineering routes among the Julian Alps• Feel the adrenalin rush whilst canyoneering, caving and zip liningDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-020304050607Rome / Chianciano TermeArrive to Rome at any time. Spend the rest of the day exploring someof the Italian capital’s famous sights such as the Colosseum, SpanishSteps and the Trevi Fountain. On Day 2, tuck into an Italian breakfastbefore delving into an orientation walk around Rome. Later, boardyour train to your agriturismo (converted farmhouse) in the rollinghills of the Tuscan countryside. This evening, your host will welcomeyou with a delicious home-cooked meal. (B, D)Chianciano Terme / PienzaPedal around by bike to the classic Renaissance town of Pienza whereyou’ll get to soak up those quintessential Tuscan landscapes. (B, D)Chianciano Terme / MontepulcianoTransfer to the Tuscan hill town of Montepulciano, famous forproducing fabulous food and wine. Cycle around the Tuscan hills andenjoy the peace and quiet in the town’s car-free centre. (B, D)Chianciano Terme / Tuscan LakesStretch your legs on a full day of cycling around the stunning TuscanLakes. Follow the cycle path around the majestic Lake Chiusi and LakeMontepulciano before a local lunch around a natural oasis. (B, D)Chianciano Terme / Bagno VignoniCycle to the beautiful spa town of Bagno Vignoni. Explore the town,opt to soak in the thermal pools or relax and enjoy the views beforeyour return cycle to your agriturismo. (B, D)Chianciano TermeDepart from the agriturismo at 10am arriving into Chiusi Station at10.30am where your trip will come to an end. With a camera full ofTuscany’s picturesque landscapes, depart your tour. (B)01-020304050607-08BledRock up in the tranquil mountain setting of Bled at any time on Day1 and charge your batteries ready for the start of your full-throttleadventure. On Day 2, get out and about in the fresh air as you whizzalong on a full day of mountain biking along quiet country roads,between local villages and through lush forest trails. (B, L)Bled / Soca RiverPrepare to get wet as you take to the swirling waters for a full day ofrafting in the Gorenjska region. Start with the easy rapids to get theswing of it then ease yourself into more challenging waters! (B)BledSpend Day 4 exploring the picturesque town of Bled. Stroll along thelakeside walking trails, explore by bike or try a variety of optionalactivities as recommended by your CEO. (B)Bled / Julian AlpsGet your adrenalin pumping as you go canyoning amongst pools andnarrow passages before floating down the river. You’ll then fly overand above trees and valleys of the Julian Alps on a zip line. (B, L)Julian AlpsDelve into the dark on a unique caving expedition inside the JulianAlps and enjoy a unique perspective of this beautiful landscape. (B)Mt. Lipanca / BledKnown as a mountaineering resort, no trip to Bled would be completewithout a hike around the Julian Alps. One route involves followingthe pine-forest trails which peak through jagged rocks as you makeyour way to the top of Mt. Lipanca. Make sure you bring a camera forstunning views below! Depart any time on Day 8. (2B)InclusionsTrip Style: Active Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotel (1 nt), locally ownedfarmhouse/agriturismo (5 nts) Transport: Train,van, cycling Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 dinnersBudget: Allow EUR €120-170 for meals GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) GroupSize: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEITCMy Own Room Available: Fr $349Departures 2015STARTFINISHApr 18 Apr 24May 02 May 08May 23 May 29Jun 20 Jun 26STARTFINISHJun 27 Jul 03Jul 18 Jul 24Aug 22 Aug 28Aug 29 Sep 04START FINISHSep 19 Sep 25Oct 03 Oct 09Oct 17 Oct 23ITALYMEDITERRANEANSEAAEGEANSEAChianciano Terme51RomeInclusionsTrip Style: Active Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 4 Age Group: Any Accommodation:Basic Hotel (2 nts), guesthouse/inn (5 nts)Transport: Bus, bike, raft, walking Meals: 7breakfasts, 2 lunches Budget: Allow EUR €200-300 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO) throughout GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEXHBDepartures 2015STARTFINISHJun 21 Jun 28Jul 19 Jul 26START FINISHAug 16 Aug 23START FINISHSep 13 Sep 20SocaValleyJulianAlps1 1ADRIATICSEATriglav N.P.Lake Bled5SLOVENIA114


CROATIAACTIVE ADVENTURETURKEYFR$1,879 ACTIVE ADVENTUREFR$1,899Dubrovnik Dubrovnik 7 DAYS Istanbul Istanbul12 DAYSDalmatian Coast, CroatiaHighlights• Paddle along on a sea-kayaking excursion around the city walls• Hike and bike your way around Konavle Valley and Dalmatian Cliffs• Take a trip to the picturesque island of KolocepCappadocia, TurkeyHighlights• Set saddle and ride the valleys of Cappadocia on horseback• Paddle along spectacular coves by sea kayak• Trek the beautiful Lycian Way, through ruins and traditional villagesACTIVE HOLIDAYSDAY01020304050607ITINERARYDubrovnikArrive into Dubrovnik at any time and set out exploring the marblestreets and Baroque buildings of this historic Croatian city.DubrovnikOn your second day, drink in the city on a fascinating walking tourof the old town. Stretch your legs with a hike to the hills aboveDubrovnik for some astounding views across the harbour. (B)Lopud Island / DubrovnikHop on your ferry transfer to Lopud Island today where you canrelish in its outdoors-y potential. Revel in a full day of hiking thewinding trails or take a dip and swim in the crystal-clear sea. (B)DubrovnikToday, you’ll get to set off paddling on your own sea kayak aroundthe city walls of old town Dubrovnik before making your way to theuninhabited island of Lokum out in the Mediterranean. (B)Konavle Valley / DubrovnikCatch your transfer to the lush Konavle Valley today. Hop on yourbike and pedal past old water mills and lush green vineyards thenmake a pit stop along the way to dabble in some wine tasting! (B)Kolocep / DubrovnikThe picturesque and unspoiled island of Kolocep is your stop fortoday. Make the most of the included activities on offer here andgrab your snorkel for a peek into Croatia’s underwater world, trek theruggedly beautiful coastal paths then cool off in the azure sea. (B)DubrovnikYour tour ends on Day 7 and you’re free to depart at any time. (B)DAY01-0203-0405-0607-0809-1011-12ITINERARYIstanbul / CappadociaArrive into the multicultural city of Istanbul at any time. Begin Day 2with an orientation walk around Istanbul before flying to Cappadociawhere you’ll be welcomed to your homestay with a tasty dinner. (B, D)CappadociaSet saddle this morning and try beginners horseback riding beforewatching the sunset over the stunning surrounding countryside. Day4, work up your appetite hiking before tucking into a picnic lunch.Catch your overnight bus as you’re whisked off to the coast. (2B, L)Cirali / KasRelax and recover on the beach of Cirali today. As evening hits, strollto Chimera to admire the glowing flames that magically rise out ofthe earth’s cracks. Day 6, paddle by kayak over the sunken city ofKekova peeking into crystal waters for a glimpse of the ruins. (2B)Kas / MinareHead out on a thrilling ride through the villages and hillsides aroundKas. Day 8, enjoy a free morning wandering the pretty streets beforedeparting for Minare. Hike around the Lycian-era ruins of Pinara thenenjoy a homestay and yummy home-cooked food. (2B, D)FethiyeSpend today scrambling over rocks and down rivers in an exhilaratingmorning of canyoneering at the Saklikent Gorge. Visit the eerie ghosttown of Kayakoy on Day 10 and start your hike along the famousLycian Way before cooling off in the blue lagoon of Olu Deniz. (2B)IstanbulOn the final leg of your journey, catch your transfer to Dalaman foryour flight to Istanbul. Your tour ends at any time on Day 12. (2B)InclusionsTrip Style: Active Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (6 nts) Transport:local bus, sea kayak, bicycle, local ferry Meals:6 breakfasts Budget: Allow EUR €210-250for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAECTADepartures 2015STARTSTARTFINISHJun 21 Jun 27Jul 19 Jul 25START FINISHAug 16 Aug 22START FINISHSep 06 Sep 12ITALYCROATIABOSNIA ANDHERZEGOVINAMONTENEGRO6DubrovnikInclusionsTrip Style: Active Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotel (8 nts), homestay (2nts, shared bathrooms), overnight bus (1 nt)Transport: Plane, bus, air con van Meals: 11breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: USD$250-300 Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local activity instructors GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAETAIMy Own Room Available: Fr $579Departures 2015FINISHApr 10 Apr 21May 08 May 19May 29 Jun 09STARTFINISHJul 03 Jul 14Aug 21 Sep 01Sep 11 Sep 22START FINISHOct 09 Oct 20Istanbul2DalamanFethiyeMinareTURKEY21 21CappadociaCiraliKas2115


TREKKINGIN ICELANDICELAND HIKE,FR$3,449 BIKE & RAFTFR$4,049Reykjavik Reykjavik 10 DAYS Reykjavik Reykjavik7 DAYSACTIVE HOLIDAYSLava field, Landmannalaugar, IcelandHighlights• Visit the world’s most northerly capital, laid-back Reykjavik• Witness the spectacular eruption of boiling waters at Geysir• Hike across the icy surface of the Solheimajökull GlacierGodafoss Waterfall, IcelandHighlights• Trek through volcanoes and wide valleys for mind-boggling views• Pedal across moonscapes and past famous bubbling geysers• Raft down one of the most scenic stretches of water in IcelandDAY010203-0607-0809-10ITINERARYReykjavikArrive into Iceland’s capital, and if time permits head out to exploreits quirky charms. This evening, meet your new travel mates.Golden CircleToday get a first taste of the natural splendour that lies ahead. AtPingvellir, walk in the rift valley that marks the meeting point, orrather the ‘tearing apart’ point, of the North American and Eurasiantectonic plates. Witness boiling waters exploding at Geysir, andmarvel at the twin waterfalls at Gullfoss. (B, D)Landmannalaugar / Alftavatn / Emstrur / ThorsmorkReachable only by 4WD vehicle, and in the shadow of Iceland’smost feared volcano, Hekla, today’s hike is through the astonishingLandmannalaugar, most famous for its natural hot springs. SpendDays 4 to 6 on the Laugavegur Trail. Covering an average of 15kmsper day between remote campsites at Lake Alftavatn and Emstrur,you’ll cross volcanic plateaux in search of waterfalls and glaciers.Bring waterproof clothes and a sense of adventure. (4B, 4L, 4D)Thorsmork / SkogarThe highland valley of Thorsmork is the start point for today’s 20kmhike through ‘Volcano Alley’ to the foot of the iconic, 60-metreSkogar waterfall. Hike between the ice-covered volcanoes ofMyrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull, which disrupted worldwide airtraffic during its 2010 eruption. From Skogar, enjoy a day of icehiking on the Solheimajökull Glacier. (2B, 2L, D)Skogar / ReykjavikTake a well-deserved soak in the natural springs of the Hellisheidimountain range, and hike into the beautiful valley of Reykjadalur asyou return to Reykjavik, where the tour ends on Day 10. (2B, L)DAY010203040506-07ITINERARYReykjavikArrive into quirky and colourful Reykjavik at any time today.Golden Circle - Thingvellir N.P.Leave for the Golden Circle and start pedalling down to the roaringtorrent of Gullfoss waterfall. You’ll then cross the volcanic terrain tovisit the spouting springs of Geysir before hiking through Thingvellirwhere the tectonic plates of America and Europe meet. (B, L, D)Thorsmork ValleyHop on your super jeep to the secluded and rugged Thorsmork Valleyfor a hike among verdant valleys and jagged rocks, crossing glacialrivers and black rock formations along the way. (B, L, D)AlftavatnStretch your legs with a hike along the black desert of the highlands.As you trek the flat terrain, keep your camera handy for the dramaticjuxtaposition between the white glaciers and black sands. (B, L, D)LaufafellRelish in some well-deserved relaxation today with a soak in thebubbling hot springs of Landmannalaugar. You’ll then traverse thehighland plateau of Sprengisandur in the comfort of your jeep,passing the Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull glaciers on the way. (B, L, D)East Glacial River / ReykjavikTake to the water for an exhilarating day of rafting along some ofthe most scenic stretches of river in the world. Tackle the churningwaters soaking up the breathtaking views of desert moonscapes andsprawling glaciers as you tumble down the river. After a full day ofrafting, return to Reykjavik by super jeep. Depart any time the nextday. (2B, L)InclusionsTrip Style: Active Service Level: CampingPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hostels (3 nts, multishare),camping (6 nts) Transport: Local bus, privateminivan Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6dinners Budget: Allow EUR €100-150 for mealsnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO) Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 TourCode: GAELSTDepartures 2015STARTFINISHJun 19 Jun 28Jun 26 Jul 05Jul 10 Jul 19STARTFINISHJul 24 Aug 02Aug 07 Aug 16Aug 21 Aug 30START FINISHAug 28 Sep 06Sep 11 Sep 20ICELANDReykjavik2 Golden CircleLandmannalaugarHveragerdiSkogar2121Alftavatn1EmstrurThorsmorkInclusionsTrip Style: Active Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotel (2 nts), guesthouse(1 nt), camping (3 nts) Transport: Minibus,jeep, bike, raft Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches,4 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €340-450for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAELHBDepartures 2015STARTFINISHJun 21 Jun 28Jul 05 Jul 12STARTFINISHJul 19 Jul 26Aug 02 Aug 09START FINISHAug 16 Aug 23Sep 15 Sep 22Reykjavik21GoldenCircleICELANDThorsmork11East GlacialRiverLaufafell1Alftavatn116


NORWEGIANFJORD HIKINGFR$2,879Bergen Odda (Hardangerfjord) 7 DAYSSKIAUSTRIAFR$940London (or Austria) London (or Austria) 9 DAYSTrolltunga (‘Troll’s Tongue’), HardangerfjordHighlights• Cameras at the ready for two day hikes in scenic Hardangerfjord• Strap crampons onto your boots for a guided walk on a glacier• Find your very own Valhalla in this gorgeous corner of ScandinaviaHighlights• Ski and snowboard your way down 279kms of runs for all abilities• Enjoy an excursion to Salzburg, setting for ‘The Sound of Music’• Socialise with party nights at the gasthof and some lively après-skiACTIVE HOLIDAYSDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY010203-0607BergenArrive into Bergen today, and visit the highlights of the city on anafternoon orientation walk. Bergen is Norway’s second-largest cityboasting a beautiful location, medieval wooden warehouses and awealth of cultural attractions.Hardangerfjord / OddaCarved by the relentless power of the North Atlantic, the fjordlandsof Norway are a challenge that beckons hikers and mountaineers ofall ages and abilities. To the south and east of Bergen, the dramaticHardangerfjord slices its convoluted route 100km inland. Today, youhave a free morning to browse Bergen and stock up on any essentialsyou might need for the week ahead before transferring by scenicferry and bus to Odda, your base in the heart of the fjords. (B)OddaSpend the next four days enjoying a variety of gentle and morechallenging hikes, starting with a walk in the glacial valley of Buerand an ascent past emerald lakes and pastures to the Folgefonna andBuer Glaciers. Strap on your crampons and grab your ice axe for athrilling guided walk in this frozen landscape. Explore a more culturalside of the fjords with a hike along the Opo River and take a 10kmhike through the spectacular wooded ravine known as Oddadalen,known as the ‘Valley of the Waterfalls’. Hike through the Skjeggedalregion to the start of the Himmelstigen via ferrata course, and finishwith a challenging full-day hike to admire the views from 700m-highTrolltunga, perhaps the most famous rock formation in Norway. (4B)OddaAfter a leisurely breakfast, your trip comes to an end at any timetoday so that you can make your own onward travel arrangements.010203-0809London / HopfgartenThis awesome week of skiing and snowboarding starts in London at7pm this evening as you board the overnight coach to Austria.HopfgartenArrive into the typically Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten and check-into your gasthof, your home for the week. If you prefer (and at a smalldiscount on the prices shown), make your own way to Austria and bepicked up today either at Innsbruck Airport or Wörgl railway station,which has easy access from both Munich or Salzburg. The gasthoffeatures single, twin and quad rooms, a cosy bar, Wi-Fi facilities, andserves a delicious hot buffet breakfast daily. Lift passes, ski school,snowboard lessons and all equipment hire can be arranged.HopfgartenHopfgarten is the perfect location for a ski or snowboard holidayand is your gateway to the SkiWelt, one of Europe’s top ski resortareas, which boasts over 279kms (174 miles) of piste incorporating63 beginners runs, 51 intermediate runs and 7 black runs, makingit ideal for learners and hardcore snow fans alike. You’ll scope outthe slopes with a couple of guided piste tours courtesy of a local skiguide and enjoy a day trip to Salzburg, the home of ‘The Sound ofMusic’. The rest of the time is free to explore the SkiWelt resort area,but don’t forget to practice for the fun of the Grand Slam, as you’llwant to show off your skills in this downhill race. By night, hang outin the gasthof bar or check out the après-ski scene at the pubs,clubs and outdoors schnaps stands. (6B)Hopfgarten / LondonAn early departure this morning to board the return coach to London,where your tour comes to an end with a late evening arrival. (B)InclusionsTrip Style: Active Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotel (1 nt), simple hotelwith shared bathrooms (5 nts) Transport: Localbus, ferry, private minivan Meals: 6 breakfastsBudget: Allow EUR €250-300 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO) Group Size: Max 10, Avg 8 TourCode: GAENFHDepartures 2015STARTFINISHJul 03 Jul 10Jul 24 Jul 31START FINISHJul 30 Aug 07START FINISHAug 21 Aug 28Bergen1OddaNORWAY5InclusionsAge Group: Only for 18-35s Accommodation:Austrian gasthof (7 nts), overnight coach (1 nt)Transport: Modern coach with power pointsMeals: 7 breakfasts (upgrade to include 5nights’ half board at a supplement) GroupLeader: On-site team at gasthof Tour Code:COC8SWBIT (London) / COCPC7SW (Austria)Departures 2015/16STARTFINISHDec 11 Dec 19Dec 18 Dec 26Dec 25 Jan 02Jan 01 Jan 09STARTFINISHJan 08 Jan 16Jan 15 Jan 23Jan 22 Jan 30Jan 29 Feb 06START FINISHFeb 05 Feb 13Feb 12 Feb 20Feb 19 Feb 27Feb 26 Mar 05Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.GERMANYMunichWörglSalzburg7InnsbruckHopfgartenAUSTRIAITALYSLOVENIA117


LOCAL LIVINGLOCAL LIVINGFor those travellers who don’t enjoy longdays travelling from place to place, and liketo unpack rather than live out of a suitcase,our ‘Local Living’ holidays are designedto really get you under the skin of yourfavourite destination. Staying in authenticcountry homes, farmhouses, agriturismos andcharacterful apartments, you’ll get close to theland and its people whilst discovering the localculture through daily activities such as hiking,cycling, vineyard or market visits, languageclasses or cooking demos. The experiencediffers by region, but the result is alwaysimmersive and one-of-a-kind.Special offerapplies on all‘Local Living’holidays,WHAT’S LIFE LIKE LOCAL LIVING?TAKING IT SLOWIf it’s Thursday, it must be Belgium, right?Wrong. Local Living trips are designed fortravellers who don’t want to rush aroundEurope at breakneck speed, ticking off allthe must-see sights and countries from achecklist. Local Living trips are for thosewho prefer to slowly slip into a destinationand let it get under their skin. These tripsopen up some of Europe’s most memorableplaces, allowing you to stay among thelocals, set your own agenda and witness reallife in your new favourite place.UNIQUE ACCOMMODATIONYou won’t move around much on a LocalLiving trip, but considering the possiblesettings - Dubrovnik, Tuscany, Sorrento,to name just a few - you won’t want to.The centrepiece of each trip is a charmingand unique home base, carefully selectedto provide you with a relaxed atmosphereand an authentic feel for the region you’rein. These aren’t hotels, we’re talking Italianagriturismos, medieval houses, organiclemon farms and the like. Best of all? You’llonly have to unpack once!YOUR NEW BEST FRIENDJust like on a regular tour with G Adventuresyou’ll benefit from having a CEO (that’s aChief Experience Officer) to help with anyquestions you might have. He or she is wellversedin the inner workings of your chosenregions and can help with translations, bikerental, restaurant recommendations, daytrips and just about anything else you need.COMPLETE FLEXIBILITYLocal Living trips are intentionally kept looseand open, there’s no fixed itinerary and noearly morning wake-up calls. Your CEO willhave a cheat sheet of ideas, sights, sportingactivities and local markets (and will knowhow to get you to each place smoothly andeffortlessly), but essentially you’re free todo as much or as little as you feel like.FOOD & DININGYour CEO will equip you with a starter kitof breakfast essentials and local delicacieswhen you arrive. Dine in, dine out, it’s up toyou. On almost every trip you’ll also havethe chance to sit down to a delicious featuremeal experience with a special local guest.Croatia Local LivingSouthern Tuscany Local Living118


AMALFI COAST LOCAL LIVINGNaples NaplesFR$2,1998 DAYSSOUTHERN TUSCANY LOCAL LIVINGRome RomeFR$1,6997 DAYSArrive into Naples and transfer the next day to your comfortableagriturismo, a converted 17th Century monastery in the village ofFurore, high in the hills above the Amalfi Coast. Live like one of thevery lucky locals, enjoying pre-dinner cooking demos and delicioushome-cooked meals. Tour the ruins of Pompeii, visit picturesquecoastal towns and go hiking on breathtaking walking routes.Departs: Saturdays (Apr-Nov) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: UpgradedPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Agriturismo (6 nts),hotel (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, public ferry Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6dinners Budget: Allow EUR €100-150 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIALArrive into Rome and next day transfer by train to a ruralagriturismo with beautiful valley views. Your host, Stefano, isa keen organic producer and loves showing visitors around hisfamily’s orchards, olive groves and vineyards. Peruse local markets,get your hands dirty in the kitchen, explore Tuscany’s stone-walledtowns, visit Florence or Siena, and soak up the idyllic scenery.Departs: Saturdays (Apr-Oct) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Small agriturismo(5 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, local bus, train Meals: 6 breakfasts,5 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €120-170 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAEISTLOCAL LIVINGTUSCANY SAN GIMIGNANO LOCAL LIVINGRome RomeFR$1,7997 DAYSNORTHERN LIGHTS & REYKJAVIK LOCAL LIVINGReykjavik ReykjavikFR$1,3295 DAYSTravel by train from Rome to the beautiful Tuscan hill town of SanGimignano to stay in a medieval house converted into apartments.Enjoy orientation walks in Rome, Siena and Florence, a half-daycooking class, wine tasting at a local cooperative, walks throughthe beautiful Tuscan countryside and a home-cooked dinnercourtesy of your charming host, Ugo, a native of San Gimignano.Departs: Sundays (Jun-Sep) Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), locallyownedhouse (5 nts) Transport: Local bus, train Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinnersBudget: Allow EUR €240-320 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 8, Avg 6 Tour Code: GAEIGLSpend five amazing days in search of the Northern Lights usingyour fully-equipped accommodation in Reykjavik as a jumping-offpoint. Connect to winter life in Reykjavik on a guided city tour, visita local flea market, buy fish for a cooking class, and stop at somenaturally-heated pools. Your native Icelander CEO guide will helpyou make the most out of this incredible region.Departs 2015: 16 Jan, 13 Feb & 13 Mar Trip Style: Local Living Service Level:Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Fullyequipped house in Reykjavik (4 nts) Transport: Van, jeep Meals: 4 breakfasts,2 dinners Budget: Allow EUR €150-200 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAELNLSORRENTO LOCAL LIVINGNaples NaplesFR$1,8997 DAYSCROATIA LOCAL LIVINGDubrovnik DubrovnikFR$1,5997 DAYSEnjoy an orientation walk and optional group dinner in Naplesbefore transferring to Sorrento where your home for the weekis an organic lemon farm with sweeping views of the sea. Enjoyhome-cooked dinners using organic produce, limoncello tastingand a pizza-making demo. Take a day trip to the Isle of Capri, hikethe famous ‘Walk of the Gods’ and tour the ruins of Pompeii.Departs: Sundays Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Upgraded PhysicalGrading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Agriturismo (5 nts), hotel(1 nt) Transport: Minibus, boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners Budget:Allow EUR €100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 12, Avg 8 Tour Code: GAEISOTransfer (included) to the rural Mediterranean farm villa withsweeping views of the Konavle Valley. Sample some deliciouslocal wines, snacks and olive oil; go hiking, swimming and enjoya hands-on cooking class, using fresh ingredients from the localfarm. Cruise the waters between Molunat and Prevlaka, exploreDubrovnik and enjoy stunning scenery on a cycling excursion.Departs: Saturdays Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Standard PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Rural farm (6 nts) Transport:Minivan, cycling, boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: AllowEUR €100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer(CEO), local hosts Group Size: Max 8, Avg 6 Tour Code: GAECDL119


REGIONAL TOURINGREGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELANDUK & IRELANDWATCH OUR LATEST BRITISH ADVENTURESYoutube.com/statravel#wildcardukTouch down in London, a non-stopcity that’s reinvented itself as a capitalof modern-day cool, to kick off yourexplorations of England, Scotland,Wales and the ‘Emerald Isle’ of Ireland.Choose a fun-packed trip designedexclusively for 18-35 year olds, seethe sights on a small group adventure,check out the home of the Beatles,ride a canal boat in Manchester or getactive on the West Highland Way.Don’t forget to check out our London,Edinburgh & Dublin city breaks (pages148-154), UK and Ireland rail andcoach transport options (see the ‘OnThe Road’ section) and cool festivalslike Up Helly Aa and Hogmanay.


GREAT BRITAIN & IRELANDLondon LondonFR$2,98516 DAYSHighlights• See the highlights of London• Enjoy a Beatles music tour in Liverpool• Walk around York’s old city walls• Be inspired by the Lake District• Stroll along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile• Try and spot ‘Nessie’ at Loch Ness• Discover Belfast’s turbulent history• Sample the perfect pint of GuinnessDepartures 2015START FINISHMar 27 Apr 11Apr 17 May 02May 01 May 16May 15 May 30May 22 Jun 06May 29 Jun 13Jun 05 Jun 20Jun 12 Jun 27InclusionsYou might likeSTART FINISHJun 19 Jul 04Jun 26 Jul 11Jul 03 Jul 18Jul 10 Jul 25Jul 17 Aug 01Jul 24 Aug 08Jul 31 Aug 15Aug 07 Aug 22GalwayIRISH SEA2Dublin2Cliffs ofMoher1Kilkenny1CorkSTART FINISHAug 14 Aug 29Aug 21 Sep 05Aug 28 Sep 12Sep 04 Sep 19Sep 15 Sep 30Sep 25 Oct 10Oct 09 Oct 24Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hotels (15 nts) Transport: Air con coach withpower points for charging, ferry crossingsMeals: 15 breakfasts, 8 dinners GroupLeader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size:Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes &service charges are included Tour Code:COBBUKAWest HighlandsGlasgowLondonderryBlarneyLoch NessIsle of Skye1ScottishHighlandsSCOTLAND1Stirling St. Andrews12Gretna1Belfast Green1HolyheadWALESEdinburgh1Lake District1 YorkNORTH SEALiverpoolENGLANDLondonENGLISH CHANNELScotland and Ireland(13 days, Edinburgh to Dublin)(COBBEDA) page 122 Fr $2,649Ireland(8 days, Dublin to Dublin)(COBBIR) Fr $1,515England and Scotland(9 or 10 days, London to Dublin)(COBBBR/COWWBR) page 122 Fr $1,565This Great Britain & Ireland tour will take you on a whirlwind of sightseeing, history andculture as you hit the highlights of England, Scotland and Ireland. Practice your Liverpudlianaccent because you’re going to the birthplace of rock and roll’s original ‘Fab Four’ - TheBeatles! Wonder at the beauty of the Lake District National Park, stroll Edinburgh’s RoyalMile, and then grab some binoculars to search for the mysterious Loch Ness Monster. Addto that drinking Guinness, kissing the Blarney Stone and visiting castles and cathedrals inIreland and you’ve got an all-encompassing awesome experience!DAY0102-0304-05060708-0910-12131415-16ITINERARYPortree, Isle of Skye, ScotlandLondon / LiverpoolGet together with your group and head off on a London city tour before travelling north to Liverpool,the home of The Beatles. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers and team over dinner. (D)Liverpool / York / Lake District National ParkMake your way to York, where your Trip Manager will show you the sights and point out impressiveYork Minster. On Day 3, head for Cumbria’s gorgeous Lake District. There are plenty of optionalactivities to choose from; try a high ropes course, archery or cruise Lake Windermere. (2B, D)Lake District National Park / EdinburghSee Hadrian’s Wall and stop at Gretna Green en route to Edinburgh. Familiarise yourself with sightssuch as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. Spend Day 5 exploring, perhaps visitthe Royal Yacht Britannia, and head out on the town to mingle with the locals. (2B, D)Edinburgh / Scottish Highlands / Loch NessStop by St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university town (where Prince William met Kate Middleton!),and then roll on through the Scottish Highlands packed with wild mountain scenery and the tales ofold clans. (B, D)Scottish Highlands / Isle of Skye / West HighlandsEnjoy a cruise on Loch Ness and hunt for the elusive monster! Continue on past the famous 13thCentury Eilean Donan Castle. Head over to the stunning Isle of Skye and visit the seaside town ofPortree, known for its brightly-coloured houses and charming fishing port. Later, pass by the UK’shighest mountain, Ben Nevis, and continue through the remote West Highlands. (B)West Highlands / Glasgow / DublinSee Stirling Castle and the William Wallace Monument en route to Glasgow. Famous for its friendlylocals, head into any pub for a lively night out. On Day 9, ferry across to Ireland and head to Dublin.This bustling town has a whole lot of heart so go and mingle with the locals in Temple Bar. (2B, D)Dublin / Belfast / Derry (Londonderry) / GalwayHead north to Belfast where a local guide will tell you the story behind the city’s troubled history,then opt to learn about Derry’s battles of the past with a local guide and visit the colourful muralsat the People’s Gallery. It’s then south to lively Galway to experience some traditional Irish music andshare the ‘craic’ with the locals. On Day 12, why not jump on a ferry to the rugged, Gaelic-speakingAran Islands? It’s like stepping back in time to an Ireland long forgotten. Camera essential! (3B, D)Galway / Blarney / CorkAdmire spectacular coastal scenery at the vertical Cliffs of Moher, then head to the medieval BlarneyCastle, where you can kiss the famous stone before arriving into Cork, with its island setting. (B, D)Cork / Cobh / KilkennyDiscover the Heritage Centre in colourful harbour town of Cobh, the last port of call for the ill-fatedTitanic, which also tells the tragic story of Irish emigration. See the historic Rock of Cashel en routeto the lively little city of Kilkenny, where you can visit the Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral. (B, D)Kilkenny / Dublin / LondonReturn to Dublin where you can admire the Georgian townhouses lining St. Stephen’s Green, witnessthe remarkable Book of Kells in Trinity College and enjoy the easy-going hospitality. On Day 16, ferryback across the Irish Sea to Wales, then back to London where the tour ends upon arrival. (2B)REGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELAND121


ENGLAND& SCOTLANDSCOTLANDFR$1,565 & IRELANDFR$2,649London Glasgow 9 DAYS Edinburgh Dublin13 DAYSREGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELANDLake DistrictHighlights• Check out Liverpool’s Cavern Club, where the Beatles once played• Stroll the Royal Mile, linking Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace• Admire the breathtaking and remote scenery of the Isle of SkyeCalton Hill, EdinburghHighlights• Stop at the uni town St. Andrews, where Prince William met Kate• Soak up the buzzing atmosphere of the typically Irish town, Galway• Check your facts on Titanic at the Cobh Heritage CentreDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-02London / Liverpool / YorkMeet up with your fellow travellers this morning for a quick tour ofLondon before travelling north to Liverpool, the home of the worldconqueringpop group, The Beatles. On Day 2, travel through rollinghills to historic York, where regional specialities are on offer fordinner and the brave can take an optional ghost tour. (B, 2D)01-02EdinburghStart with a bang in buzzing Edinburgh and raise your glass toyour trip with your new travel buddies. Head out the next day tosee Edinburgh Castle, perched high on an extinct volcano, retraceroyalty’s footsteps and walk the Royal Mile’s jumble of medievalhouses, or choose to chill in the exotic Botanical Gardens. (B, D)03-0506York / Lake District / EdinburghMake your way to the Lake District to visit Bowness on the shores ofLake Windermere. Optional activities such as high ropes and archerywill put you in touch with nature. On Day 4, stop at Hadrian’s Wall,built by the Romans at the outer limit of their Empire, before crossinginto Scotland at Gretna Green. See the sights of Edinburgh by coachand spend a day exploring its historic architecture. (3B, D)Edinburgh / St. Andrews / Scottish HighlandsStop at the university town of St. Andrews, the original home of golfand where Prince William first met his future bride, on your way tothe Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness. (B, D)03-0405-06Edinburgh / Scottish Highlands / West HighlandsStop by St. Andrews before a cruise along the Loch Ness to discoverthe legend of the mythical monster. The next day head to the WestHighlands, past tiny villages to the seaside town of Portree. You’llalso catch a glimpse of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain! (2B, D)West Highlands / Glasgow / DublinOn to Glasgow, soak up the Victorian architecture and happeninglive music scene before you ferry across to Northern Ireland on Day6. Discover Dublin’s 120m high Monument of Light and St. Stephen’sGreen, once the site of public hangings. For those night owls, head toTemple Bar, where pubs and bars spill out onto cobbled lanes. (2B, D)07Scottish Highlands / Isle of Skye / West HighlandsTravel over to the incredible scenery of the Isle of Skye, with itsmoors, mountains, lochs and sea cliffs, and explore the colourfulseaside town of Portree. Stop at the spectacular Eilean Donan Castleand, if the weather’s being kind, get a glimpse of the UK’s highestmountain peak, Ben Nevis. (B)07-09Dublin / Londonderry / GalwaySlide by Belfast’s iconic political murals and opt to see the strikingUNESCO site of the Giant’s Causeway, packed with an unbelievable40,000 rock columns. Next up is Londonderry before the traditionaltown of Galway, loaded with Irish soul and lively pubs. Spend Day 9exploring or opt to visit the rugged cliffs of the Aran Islands. (3B, D)08-09West Highlands / Stirling / GlasgowVisit historic Stirling to see the impressive William Wallace Monumentbefore reaching Glasgow, the UK’s third-largest city and home to veryhappening pubs and music scene. The tour ends here on Day 9, butyou can also travel back to London by train for a supplement. (2B)10-13Galway / Cork / Kilkenny / DublinPassing Blarney Castle, kiss the magical Blarney Stone then stock upon souvenirs in the bustling markets of colourful Cork. On Day 11,visit the signature sites of Kilkenny then finish up opting for an Irishexperience, complete with scrummy food and Irish dancing. (4B, 2D)InclusionsTrip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels(8 nts) Transport: Air con coach with powerpoints Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners GroupLeader: Trip Manager & Driver Group Size:Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes & servicecharges included Tour Code: COBBBR/COWWBRScottishIsle of Loch1 HighlandsSkye NessWest SCOTLAND1Highlands St. AndrewsStirling1 2EdinburghGlasgowGretnaGreen 1 LakeDistrictIRISH1SEAYork1 LiverpoolDepartures 2015 Departures 2015START FINISH START FINISH START FINISHMar 27 Apr 04 Jun 19 Jun 27 Aug 14 Aug 22Apr 17 Apr 25 Jun 26 Jul 04 Aug 21 Aug 29May 01 May 09May 15 May 23May 22 May 30Jul 03Jul 10Jul 17Jul 11Jul 18Jul 25Aug 28Sep 04Sep 15Sep 05Sep 12Sep 23May 29 Jun 06 Jul 24 Aug 01 Sep 25 Oct 03Jun 05 Jun 13 Jul 31 Aug 08 Oct 09 Oct 17Jun 12 Jun 20 Aug 07 Aug 15Winter departures (8 days) also available; tour code COWWBRWALESLondonENGLANDENGLISH CHANNELInclusionsTrip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hotels (12 nts) Transport: Air con coach withpowerpoints Meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 dinnersGroup Leader: Trip Manager & Driver GroupSize: Max 53 Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes &service charges included Tour Code: COBBEDANORTH SEASTART FINISH START FINISH START FINISHMar 30 Apr 11 Jun 22 Jul 04 Aug 17 Aug 29Apr 20 May 02 Jun 29 Jul 11 Aug 24 Sep 05May 04 May 16 Jul 06 Jul 18 Aug 31 Sep 12May 18 May 30 Jul 13 Jul 25 Sep 07 Sep 19May 25 Jun 06 Jul 20 Aug 01 Sep 18 Sep 30Jun 01 Jun 13 Jul 27 Aug 08 Sep 28 Oct 10Jun 08 Jun 20 Aug 03 Aug 15 Oct 12 Oct 24Jun 15 Jun 27 Aug 10 Aug 22Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.WestHighlandsScottishHighlandsLoch NessSCOTLANDIsle of Skye 1St.Glasgow1 AndrewsStirling21Giant’s Causeway1Londonderry EdinburghBelfastGalwayIRISH SEA22 DublinIRELANDCliffs of 1Moher Kilkenny1CorkBlarney122VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


UK HIGHLIGHTSROAD TRIPA TASTE OF ENGLANDFR$1,449 & SCOTLANDFR$1,883London London 7 DAYS London London7 DAYSHighlights• The castles at Edinburgh and Alnwick (Hogwarts in Harry Potter)• Step back into Roman Britain at Bath and Hadrian’s Wall• Rural Lake District landscape versus the urban city of LiverpoolDAY01020304050607InclusionsITINERARYStonehenge / Bath / Brecon BeaconsMeet your group in central London and head straight for prehistoricStonehenge before visiting the beautiful city of Bath. Check out theRoman Baths before heading to Wales for your overnight stop.Brecon Beacons / Stratford-upon-Avon / LiverpoolSpend the morning in the stunning Brecon Beacons National Parkthen move on to Stratford-upon-Avon, before travelling to Liverpool.Experience great nightlife in a city which knows how to party!Liverpool / Lake DistrictDiscover the story of The Beatles, visit the Merseyside MaritimeMuseum and explore Liverpool’s Albert Dock before moving on to theLake District for your overnight stop.Lake District / Hadrian’s Wall / EdinburghToday, you’ll discover the quaint lakeside town of Bowness-on-Windermere before heading north for Hadrian’s Wall, then over theborder into bonny Scotland for a two-night stay in Edinburgh.EdinburghSpend the day in Edinburgh where you can walk the Royal Mile, seethe Castle or shop for some souvenirs.Edinburgh / Alnwick / Whitby / YorkHeading back to England, in the direction of York, you’ll get thechance to check out Alnwick Castle (the location used to filmHogwarts in the Harry Potter films), the giant Angel of the Northstatue and Captain Cook’s seaside town of Whitby.York / Sherwood Forest / LondonDiscover York before travelling to Sherwood Forest (legendary homeof Robin Hood) then back to the meeting point in London.Accommodation: Hotels with en suites / goodquality hostels (6 nts) Transport: Air con coachwith free Wi-Fi, DVD Player and MP3/iPodconnection points Meals: 6 breakfasts GroupLeader: Tour leader/driver Group Size: Max 15Notes: Includes Beatles tour & walking toursof Edinburgh, York & Liverpool Tour Code:LONBOBDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMar 15 Mar 21Apr 12 Apr 18May 10 May 16Jun 07 Jun 13STARTFINISHJul 05 Jul 11Aug 02 Aug 08Aug 16 Aug 22START FINISHAug 30 Sep 05Sep 27 Oct 03Oct 25 Oct 31Angel of the North, GatesheadSCOTLANDEdinburgh2Hadrian's WallAlnwickLake 1 WhitbyDistrict1 YorkLiverpool 1NORTH SEAStratford- SherwoodBrecon Upon-Avon ForestBeacons 1WALES BathCardiffStonehenge LondonENGLISH CHANNELHighlights• Get your feet dancing when visiting The Beatles’ Story• A full-day tour exploring the Highlands, Loch Ness and Glencoe• Test your fear factor on the Ghosts and Ghouls Walking Tour!DAY010203040506-07InclusionsITINERARYLondonAfter checking in to your hotel, armed with your welcome pack, hopon a famous red London double-decker bus for a sightseeing tour,followed by a Thames river cruise and guided walking tour.London / LiverpoolCatch the train to Liverpool, home of The Beatles! Join the MagicalMystery Tour of Liverpool, taking in the landmarks of the ‘Fab Four’.Then, head over to The Beatles’ Story and see how four boys fromLiverpool went on to become arguably the greatest band of all time.Finish the night with a visit to the famous Cavern Club. (B)Liverpool / Lake DistrictNext stop, Windermere! Explore this stunning Lake District town,with breathtaking views and air fresher than fresh. Enjoy a short lakecruise, or simply dip a toe into England’s largest lake. (B)Lake DistrictImmerse yourself in the world of Beatrix Potter, exploring her life andcharacters, including Hakwshead, Tarn Hows and Newlands Valley.Visit Wordsworth’s home and take a cruise on Derwentwater. (B)Lake District / EdinburghNow you’re off to Edinburgh. Start with an open-top sightseeing bustour, join a startling Ghosts and Ghouls evening walking tour andfinish up with a few drinks in a traditional local tavern. (B)Edinburgh / Scottish Highlands / Loch NessDay 6 starts early with an award-winning Scottish Highlands tour,experiencing the breathtaking scenery and seeing Britain’s tallestmountain, Ben Nevis. You may even spot the famous Loch NessMonster! Day 7, head back to London on the train. (2B)Accommodation: Minimum 3* hotels (6 nts)Transport: Train Meals: Daily breakfastIncludes: London sightseeing bus, walking tour,Thames river cruise, Magical Mystery BeatlesTour, Beatrix Potter Lakeland & WordsworthTour, Ghosts & Ghouls Walking Tour, Loch Ness,Glencoe & Highlands Tour Tour Code: LONTOEDepartures 2015Jan - DecDailyEdinburgh Castle, EdinburghSCOTLANDLoch Ness 1ScottishHighlandsEdinburghLake District12LiverpoolWALES1ENGLANDLondon1ENGLISH CHANNELNORTH SEAREGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELAND123


SHAKESPEARE COUNTRY& CELTIC WALESENGLANDFR$2,133 & WALES TASTERFR$815London London 8 DAYS London London4 DAYSREGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELANDRoman Baths, BathHighlights• Visit the most stunning sights of England and Wales• Experience Warwick Castle and Shakespeare’s birthplace• Enjoy a guided tour of Cardiff and entrance to Cardiff MuseumHighlights• Learn about the neolithic stone circles of Avebury• Stroll the Welsh countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park• Follow the trail of legendary Robin HoodDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-020304050607-08London / Warwick CastleStart your trip with a sightseeing tour of the cosmopolitan capital,followed by a Thames River cruise. Day 2 starts with a train toLeamington Spa and a trip to the famous Warwick Castle. (B)Stratford-upon-AvonA short train journey takes you to the birthplace of the great bard,William Shakespeare, and several other properties including Hall’sCroft and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Then it’s a sightseeing tour ofincredible history around the culturally rich Stratford-upon-Avon. (B)Stratford-upon-Avon / CardiffToday you’re Cardiff-bound! Take a trip to the National Museum ofCardiff, afterwards enjoying a tour of Cardiff Castle and its 2,000years of history. Why not upgrade and indulge in a banquet eveningat the castle, fit for royalty? (B)CardiffChoose from a variety of tours depending on the day of the week. Goto the deepest depths of a Welsh coal mine, take in the outstandingviews of the Brecon Beacons or maybe even visit the majestic Romanfortress towns of Caerleon and Caerwent. (B)Cardiff / BathOnce you’ve settled in Bath, home to the famous Roman Baths and18th Century Assembly Rooms, you are free to explore the gorgeouscity at your own pace, hopping on and off a sightseeing bus. (B)Bath / Stonehenge / LondonEnjoy the best of historic England. Marvel at Stonehenge and theAvebury stone circles, revel in an 18th Century village and a tranquilsetting of weavers’ cottages. Day 8, head back to London. (2B)01020304London / Avebury / Brecon Beacons / Hay-on-WyeMeet your group in central London, then head straight out toStonehenge to discover the history of its mysterious stone circles.Next, cross the Severn Bridge into Wales to explore the BreconBeacons and Hay-on-Wye (the so-called ‘Town of Books’).Hay-on-Wye / Llangollen / Lake DistrictNext morning, journey north to visit the picturesque Welsh town ofLlangollen and Pontcysyllte Aquaduct before crossing the border backinto England and continuing to the Lake District’s scenic Bownesson-Windermere.Whilst there, you may choose to visit the World ofBeatrix Potter or take a cruise on Lake Windermere (neither included).Lake District / Yorkshire Dales National Park / YorkToday, explore the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park with theopportunity to buy a drink and say ‘cheers!’ in Britain’s highest pub,perched on the top of the Moors; the Tan Hill Inn. After, opt to visitthe Wensleydale Creamery in the market town of Hawes to see howthe namesake’s cheese is made. En route to York, you’ll stop offat Aysgarth Falls, which you may recognise as a film location from‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’. Arriving in York, there’s the option oftaking an introductory tour of the town and later on, if you’re braveenough, an evening ghost hunt (not included).York / Sherwood Forest / LondonThe morning of your last day is free to spend at your leisure,exploring the Roman, Viking and Medieval heritage of York. Why notsee York Minster or visit the Jorvik Viking Centre (not included)?Finally, take a trip to the legendary home of Robin Hood - SherwoodForest. Amble through the nature reserve, taking time to see the 800year-old Major Oak, then return to London, where your tour ends.InclusionsAccommodation: Minimum 3* hotels (7 nts)Transport: Trains Meals: Daily breakfastIncludes: Entrance to Warwick Castle,Shakespeare’s birthplace, Hall’s Croft, Nash’sHouse, New Place, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage,Mary Arden’s Farm, sightseeing tours (London,Stratford-upon-Avon, Cardiff, Bath) Tour Code:LONSHADepartures 2015Jan - DecDailySCOTLANDLeamington Spa ENGLAND2WALES21CardiffCaerleonCaerwent2LondonBathStonehengeENGLISH CHANNELNORTH SEAInclusionsAccommodation: Hotels with en suites / goodquality hostels (3 nts) Transport: Air con coachwith free Wi-Fi, DVD Player and MP3/iPodconnection points Meals: 3 breakfasts GroupLeader: Tour leader/driver Group Size: Max 15Notes: Includes guided tour of Avebury & Yorkwalking tour Tour Code: LONWALDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMar 22 Mar 25Apr 19 Apr 22May 17 May 20STARTFINISHJun 14 Jun 17Jul 12 Jul 15Aug 09 Aug 12START FINISHSep 06 Sep 09Oct 04 Oct 07SCOTLANDLake District YorkshireDales N.P.YorkNORTH SEASherwoodLlangollen ForestWALES ENGLANDHay-on-WyeBreconBeaconsAveburyENGLISH CHANNELLondon124VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


WELSHEXPLORERSTUDENTSCORNWALLSTUDENTSFR$499/ FR FR$479 CRUSADER$499/ FR $479London London 5 DAYS London London5 DAYSSnowdonia National ParkHighlights• Big Pit - go underground in a real coal mine• Wander Tintern Abbey, the inspiration to William Wordsworth• Hike through the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National ParkHighlights• Marvel at the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge• Explore the tors and wilderness of Dartmoor National Park• Surf the waves with a free surf lesson on Newquay beachNewquayREGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELANDDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY0102030405London / Stratford-upon-Avon / Tyddyn BychanLeaving London behind, head over the border to wild Wales. Ifyou don’t suffer from vertigo, join the walk along the perilousPontcysyllte Aqueduct at Llangollen. Visit the ruins of Dinas BranCastle above the town before an optional barbecue at the idyllicfarmhouse, your home for the night!Snowdonia N.P. / West WalesFirst up today, you’ll visit the ‘Ugly House’ before heading tothe medieval Conwy Castle. It’s then back on the road and on toSnowdonia National Park. Absorb the spectacular scenery beforevisiting the village with the longest place name in the world! Spendthe evening on the relaxed west coast after stopping off in Beddelertto visit the ‘Grave of the Dog’.West Wales / CardiffEnjoy a walk around the Welsh tribal lands of Dolgellau and then onto Aberystwyth, one of Wales’ top university towns. Take a gorgewalk at the Devil’s Bridge before travelling through the Elan Valleyand arriving in the Welsh capital - Cardiff. A lively city with a youthfulvibe, it has some of the best nightlife in the country.Cardiff / Big Pit / Hay-on-Wye / CardiffVisit Caerleon, a Roman amphitheatre before a chance to go downa real Welsh coal mine at the Big Pit. Next, stop off at Hay-on-Wye, the world famous second-hand book capital of Britain beforereturning to Cardiff for a final night with a bang!Cardiff / Tintern Abbey / LondonTake time to explore Cardiff this morning, with its imposing castleand Millennium Stadium. Visit Tintern Abbey, inspiration to Romanticpoet, William Wordsworth, before returning to the Big Smoke.0102030405London / Stonehenge / ExeterFrom London head west to Stonehenge - the UK’s most famousand mysterious stone circle - before heading to historic SalisburyCathedral and from here south to Exeter.Exeter / Dartmoor / NewquayThis morning, explore the wilds of Dartmoor – known for its tors andbogs. It’s then off to Cornwall to the resort of Newquay, the UK’ssurfing capital where you’ll get the optional chance to hit the wavesin a surf lesson on the beach. Surf’s up!CornwallSpend the day in Cornwall; enjoy scenic walks, see the mysteriousstanding stones and visit the Minack Theatre. Drive along the scenicAtlantic Highway to Land’s End with a stop in the sleepy seaside townof St. Ives. Later enjoy a memorable night out, Newquay style!Newquay / BathToday you’ll visit the beautiful Tintagel and its castle, beforetravelling through slow-paced Devon and Somerset to the beautifulcoastal town of Boscastle. Tonight’s stop is in historic Bath, thecultural trendsetter and fashionable haunt for the cream of Britishsociety! Wander Bath’s enchanting flower-filled streets, and opulentGeorgian architecture before heading to one of its quirky pubs.Bath / LondonThis morning, visit the Roman Baths - a natural hot water springthe Romans turned into a bath house! Then it’s on to the historicWiltshire village of Lacock and the stone circle of Avebury beforeyou’re back in the UK’s dazzling and diverse capital.InclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Not included, but space isheld for you at multi-share hostels for approx£20-£25 per person per night - this can bepre-paid or arranged on a ‘pay as you go’ basisTransport: Modern coach Meals: None GroupLeader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 25Notes: Includes entry to Big Pit coal mine TourCode: BUMay - SepEvery MondayFarmhouse1WALES1West 2Wales CardiffENGLANDStratfordupon-AvonLondonInclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Not included, but space isheld for you at multi-share hostels for approx£20-£25 per person per night - this can bepre-paid or arranged on a ‘pay as you go’basis Transport: Modern coach Meals: NoneNotes: Includes Glastonbury Tor and a visit toSalisbury Cathedral Tour Code: BUDepartures 2015 Departures 2015May - SepEvery MondayWALESBathENGLANDLondonNewquay Stonehenge12 ExeterLand’s End1125


REGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELANDLAKE DISTRICTSHORT BREAKLake WindermereLake WindermereFR$922Highlights• Stay in either a traditional guesthouse or a four-star country house• Magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys and lakes• Two top-notch scenic tours included4 DAYExperience the great outdoors on this scenic four-day package.The Lake District is England’s largest National Park and home to itshighest mountain, its deepest lake and thriving communities likeBowness-on-Windermere. Enjoy two fantastic tours: the Ten LakesSpectacular - a great introduction to the area and its stunningsurrounds, and Beatrix Potter’s favourite countryside whereyou’ll have the chance to go into Beatrix Potter’s house, visit thevillage of Hawkshead and Tarn Hows, plus enjoy a lake cruise toBrantwood and through the Yewdale Valley. Lake Windermere iseasily accessible by train or bus from London and other UK cities.ULTIMATE BEATLEMANIALiverpoolLiverpoolHighlights• Discover just how Beatles mania really took over the world!• A river cruise on the iconic Mersey Ferry• You’ll be prepared for any pub quiz on the Fab Four after this tour!FR$5273 DAYEver wondered how four boys from Liverpool came to be one ofthe biggest bands of all time? Discover the inspiring story behindthe ‘Fab Four’ and their historical rise to fame, with the HardDay’s Night Hotel, the hub of Beatle mania, as your base! Visits tothe multi award-winning Beatles’ Story as well as the Peace andHarmony European Peace Monument, a dedication to John Lennon,create an unbeatable experience. A dynamic ride awaits on theMagical Mystery Tour, culminating in a River Explorer Cruise onthe Mersey Ferry. Don’t forget the Museum of Liverpool and theWondrous Place selection, looking at the band’s social impact.Departs: Daily, end of March - end of October Accommodation: Guesthouse(3 nts) Meals: Daily breakfast Transport: Minibus. Transport to/fromWindermere from within the UK is not included Tour Code: LKDWINDeparts: Daily Accommodation: B&B at Hard Day’s Night Hotel (2 nts) Includes:Admission to The Beatles’ Story, John Lennon Peace Monument, ferry cruise,Magical Mystery Tour, entrance to The Cavern Club & new Museum of Liverpoolvisit Meals: Daily breakfast Tour Code: LPLBEACANAL BOATADVENTUREManchesterPeak DistrictFR$3884 DAYSCANAL BOATESCAPEMarple, ManchesterCongleton, CheshireFR$2893 DAYSHighlights• Mix of city, urban, industrial and beautiful countryside landscapes• Work as a team steering the barge through a set of locks each day• Enjoy home-cooked food and moor close to traditional English pubsHighlights• Explore rural English countryside by canal boat• Pub stops and optional hiking, canoeing and fishing• Work the locks and have a go at steering the boatStarting in Manchester, cruise through the centre of the city andspend a night in the Northern Quarter, home to the city’s bestbars. Head past remnants of Manchester’s bygone industrial daysand on past Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. Once out of thecity, skirt the Peak District National Park, open lift and swingbridges, work the locks and moor close to pubs frequented only bylocals. Onboard, food is cooked from scratch and there’s a seriesof games and an honesty bar – pull your own pint! The tour ends inWhaley Bridge where there are regular trains to Buxton, gatewayto the Peak District, or back to Manchester.Starting in Marple, a picturesque suburb on the outskirts ofManchester (20 minutes by train), travel through beautiful ruralCheshire countryside, hugging the edge of the Peak DistrictNational Park for much of this amazing journey. There’s plenty oftime for activities en route; hiking, canoeing or fishing. Or, chill outand find good local pubs - that’s the focus on this tour. Have a goat working some locks and steering the boat, or sit out on deckwith a beer. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to immerse yourselfin this world and chat to the locals. The tour ends in Congletonwith easy train access to Manchester and the rest of the UK.Departs: Selected dates May-Sept Accommodation: Canal boat in mixed sex,4-berth, bunk dorm cabin (3 nts) Transport: Canal boat Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3lunches, 2 dinners Tour Code: MANADVDeparts: Selected dates May-Sept Acommodation: Canal boat in mixed sex,4-berth, bunk dorm cabin (2 nts) Transport: Canal boat Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2lunches, 1 dinner Tour Code: MANESC126VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SKYEHIGHSTUDENTSHIGHLANDSTUDENTSFR$279/ FR FR$265 FLING$459/ FR $439Edinburgh Edinburgh 3 DAYS Edinburgh Edinburgh5 DAYSEilean Donan CastleHighlights• Discover the magical Isle of Skye, its legends and fairy stories• Sample a wee dram at a Highland whisky distillery visit• View the stunning and beautifully-sited Eilean Donan CastleHeilan’ CooHighlights• Ride the Jacobite steam train or drive the scenic ‘Road to the Isles’• Hunt for Nessie, the legendary and fearsome Loch Ness Monster• Head on over to the jaw-droppingly beautiful Isle of SkyeREGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELANDDAY010203InclusionsITINERARYEdinburgh / Glencoe / Loch NessAs you set off from charmingly historic Edinburgh, you’ll hear tales ofWilliam Wallace as you pass Stirling and into Rob Roy Country wherethe lowlands dramatically change into the Highlands. Surroundedby a whirlwind of raw Scottish beauty, you’ll pass dramatic Glencoe,besieged by soaring mountains and greenery. This national treasurehas been the star of many movies, including Harry Potter. Glencoealso has a blood-thirsty tale behind it as it’s the site of the GlencoeMassacre between rival Highland clans. As you delve deeper into theheartland, you’ll witness the Great Glen and Fort Augustus on theshores of Loch Ness, where you’ll spend the night. Deep, dark andnarrow Loch Ness stretches for 23 miles between Inverness and FortAugustus and its bitterly-cold waters have been extensively exploredin search of ‘Nessie’, the Loch Ness Monster.Isle of SkyeA day exploring the stunning Isle of Skye with its myths, legends andfairy stories. The cloud-shaped Isle is the largest and most northerlyof the Inner Hebrides. With its brooding Cuillin Hills, spectacularlyrugged cliffs and wonderfully weathered coastline, it’s sure to haveyou under its alluring spell. Then it’s back to the mainland pasteffortlessly photogenic Eilean Donan Castle. This little beauty isnestled on an offshore islet, linked to the mainland by an elegant,stone-arched bridge.Loch Ness / Culloden / EdinburghFollow the entire length of Loch Ness and keep your eyes peeledfor signs of the phantom monster! See the ruins of Urquhart Castlebefore visiting Culloden Battlefield. Try a dram of the ‘water of life’at a whisky distillery then head south through Dunkeld and MacbethCountry, before crossing the iconic Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh.Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Not included, but space isheld for you at multi-share hostels for approx£20-£25 per person per night - this can bepre-paid or arranged on a ‘pay as you go’basis Transport: Modern coach Meals: NoneGroup Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 28Notes: Free visit to a Highland whisky distillery& Dunkeld Cathedral Tour Code: BUDepartures 2015Jan - AprMay - OctNov - DecEvery Monday & FridayEvery Mon, Wed, Fri & Selected SatEvery Monday & FridayIsle of SkyeGlencoe2SkyeInverness12LochNessStirlingInvernessEdinburghDAY0102-0304-05InclusionsITINERARYEdinburgh / Dunkeld / Loch NessLeave the cascading craggy beauty of Edinburgh behind you as youpass the Forth Bridges, heading north through Macbeth Country’sflurry of mountains and forests to Dunkeld, a picturesque Highlandvillage. After a visit to the Cathedral your journey takes you throughsome of the most remote and isolated wilderness in Europe whereyou’ll enjoy a wee walk in the breathtaking Highlands. You can smellthe crisp Scottish air from here! Continue to the awesome Morag’sLodge, located close to the eerie banks of Loch Ness for the night.Loch Ness / Isle of SkyeExplore the area around Loch Ness and pass Urquhart Castle onits banks, from where the legendary monster has been seen manytimes. For the brave amongst you, get out there and do some Nessiespotting! Next up you’ll journey to Culloden Battlefield, famous forthe Battle of Culloden which was led by Charles Edward Stuart, alsoknown as Bonnie Prince Charlie. Fancy a wee dram anyone? Head to alocal whisky distillery, where you’ll learn about the distilling process.On Day 3, head west to see the glory of Eilean Donan Castle beforecrossing the bridge to Skye for a day of legends, faerie stories,mountain scenery and dramatic coastlines.Oban / Glencoe / EdinburghA day of haunting beauty as you ferry back to the mainland, eitherfor the steam train journey of a lifetime or to drive the stunning‘Road to the Isles’. View the Glenfinnan Monument and Viaduct (asseen in the Harry Potter films), before passing in the shadow of BenNevis to Oban. Tonight, it’s time to clad yourself with appropriateamounts of tartan and prepare for a spot of Ceilidh dancing! Then,on Day 5, journey through the haunting beauty of Glencoe, used asa backdrop in the movie ‘Skyfall’, and onto Rob Roy Country. PassStirling and the Wallace Monument on your return to Edinburgh.Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Not included, but space isheld for you at multi-share hostels for approx£20-£25 per person per night - this can bepre-paid or arranged on a ‘pay as you go’basis Transport: Modern coach Meals: NoneGroup Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 28Notes: Free visit to a Highland whisky distillery,access to Culloden Battlefield Tour Code: BUDepartures 2015Jan - JunJul - AugSep - DecEvery MondayEvery Monday & SaturdayEvery MondayIsle ofGlencoeOban1LochNessEdinburgh127


ISLANDEXPLORERSTUDENTSCOMPASSSTUDENTSFR$689/ FR FR$659 BUSTER$989/ FR $949Edinburgh Edinburgh 7 DAYS Edinburgh Edinburgh10 DAYSREGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELANDUrquhart Castle, Loch NessHighlights• Admire the beauty of Isle of Skye and its awe-inspiring scenery• Overnight on the banks of Loch Ness and party in Inverness• Visit Orkney and the incredible Stone Age village of Skara BraeGlenfinnan ViaductHighlights• Explore the infamous Loch Ness - eyes peeled for Nessie spotting!• Uncover the Orkney Islands with over 9,000 years of history• Keep a lookout for dolphins and whales on ferry crossingsDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0304-0506-07Edinburgh / Inverness / OrkneyLeaving the city behind, pass the Forth Bridge and dive right intoScotland’s myriad of enchanting forests and mountains. Make a stopat the quaint old town of St. Andrews, home of golf, then head northfor a wee dram of Scotland’s favourite national drink at a whiskydistillery before arriving at Inverness, capital of the Highlands. OnDay 2, take a ferry to Orkney and visit the local gem, Tomb of theEagles. Day 3 is yours to explore Skara Brae, a well-preserved StoneAge village inhabited between 3,200BC and 2,200BC.Orkney / Loch Ness / Isle of SkyeBid Orkney farewell and cross back to the mainland where you’lljourney south through Scotland’s sparsely-populated wilderness ofSutherland and Caithness, via glens left empty after the HighlandClearances. Pass the ruins of Urquhart Castle before arriving at FortAugustus on the shores of Loch Ness for some monster spotting. OnDay 5, you’ll have a chance to help revive Scotland’s native woodlandas you visit HAGGiS Grove (weather permitting) and plant a tree.After, cross the bridge to Skye, the ‘winged isle’, to unveil Vikinghistory, Celtic legends and ancient myths.Skye / Oban / EdinburghA stunning ferry journey back to the mainland allows you to take inthe Glenfinnan Monument and Viaduct (as seen in ‘Harry Potter’),or to take an optional ride on an atmospheric steam train. You’llhave a chance to hike in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highestmountain. Next up is Oban, known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, andthis is your chance for a proper Highland Fling with some traditionalceilidh dancing. On Day 7, travel through the haunting beauty ofGlencoe then on to Rob Roy and William Country, before seeing theold capital of Stirling. Scotland, you wild and sexy beast!0102-0304-0607-0809-10Edinburgh / StornowayBidding farewell to the proud capital you’ll head through MacbethCountry for a stop at Dunkeld. Then on to the Cairngorms NationalPark and to the far north west for your ferry to the Hebrides.Lewis / Harris / SkyeToday the mysterious Callanish Standing Stones, Gaelic settlementsand island exploration, including a traditional Hebridean blackhouseand local tweed weavers, are all on the menu. On Day 3, feel Harris’white sand between your toes before heading to the Isle of Skye.Inverness / John O’Groats / Orkney IslandsJourney past the stunning Eilean Donan Castle before arriving toInverness for the night. On Day 5, venture past the Black Isle and tothe tip of the British mainland, John O’Groats. Then it’s a short ferryhop to the Viking-influenced Orkney Islands. On Day 6, head to theextraordinary Skara Brae, a well-preserved Stone Age village, then onto the standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar and the Italian chapel.Loch Ness / Isle of SkyeBack to the mainland and past Urquhart Castle, on the banks ofLoch Ness. On Day 8, plant a tree in HAGGiS Grove to help reviveScotland’s native woodland before crossing the bridge to Skye, the‘winged isle’, full of Viking tales, Celtic legends and ancient myths.Isle of Skye / Oban / EdinburghVisit the Glenfinnan Monument and Viaduct, as seen in the HarryPotter films. Then, weather permitting, head off into the hills for ahike before arriving to Oban, the ‘Gateway to the Isles’. Bring on theCeilidh night! On Day 10, pass the haunting beauty of Glencoe andon to Rob Roy Country. Journey through Stirling to view the WallaceMonument on your way back to Edinburgh.InclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Not included, but space isheld for you at multi-share hostels for approx£20-£25 per person per night - this can bepre-paid or arranged on a ‘pay as you go’ basisTransport: Modern coach, ferries Meals: NoneGroup Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg28 Notes: Includes visit to a Highland whiskydistillery, Ring of Brodgar standing stones,Italian Chapel Tour Code: BULoch NessIsle ofSkye1KyleakinBen NevisOban 1GlencoeOrkney2Kirkwall1Inverness1SCOTLANDDunkeldSt AndrewsEdinburghInclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Not included, but space isheld for you at multi-share hostels for approx£20-£25 per person per night - this can bepre-paid or arranged on a ‘pay as you go’ basisTransport: Modern coach, ferries Meals: NoneGroup Leader: Guide/Driver Group Size: Avg 28Notes: Included entry to Ring of Brodgar andCallanish standing stones, Italian Chapel, DunCarloway iron age fort, Gearrannan BlackhouseMuseum Tour Code: BUDepartures 2015 Departures 2015Apr - Sep Every Saturday May - Sep Every WednesdayStornowayOrkneyJohnO’GroatsLewis 2UllapoolHarrisUig1 InvernessSCOTLAND21Loch NessIsle ofSCOTLANDSkyeOban 1DunkeldGlencoeStirlingEdinburgh2128VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


WEST HIGHLAND WAYADVENTUREHIGHLIGHTSFR$1,259 OF IRELANDFR$2,249Glasgow Fort William 6 DAYS Dublin Cork9 DAYSHighlights• Journey 154kms (96 miles) by foot, bike, canoe and sea kayak• Hike across barren Rannoch Moor to the stunningly scenic Glencoe• Enjoy participation camping and sleep under the stars in a teepeePuffin, Skellig IslandsHighlights• Learn how our ancient ancestors lived and died at Newgrange• Stroll the extraordinary limestone karst pavements of The Burren• Take a boat trip to the remote and beautiful Skellig IslandsREGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELANDDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY010203-040506Glasgow / Loch LomondYour adventure begins with the transfer from the urban excitementof Glasgow and on to the breathtaking and barren landscapes of theWest Highland Way. Today you will bike north past lochs and throughforests to Loch Lomond before setting up a camp for the night.Loch LomondLoch Lomond is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain,so there is plenty of room for watersports! Spend the day canoeingthese spectacular waters and get a unique viewpoint of Ben Lomond,one of Scotland’s most popular Munros (mountain peaks over 3,000feet) before a cosy night in a teepee with camp fire.Loch Lomond / Bridge of Orchy / GlencoeSpend a day hiking and biking! Follow the spectacular River Fallochwinding through stunning gorges and rocky rapids. This area boastssome of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Reach tonight’s hostelfor a well-deserved rest. On Day 4, hike through one of Europe’smost remote areas along a military road built in the 1700s.Glencoe VillageToday you will tackle a path that crosses the Aonach Eagach range ofmountains, known as the ‘Devil’s Staircase’ and reach the stunninglybeautiful Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most famous and scenic glens.From here, you will kayak the gorgeous Loch Leven for another nightunder canvas.Fort WilliamRise to an amazing day kayaking the peaceful and scenic Loch Linnhesurrounded by a stunning mountain view until you reach your finaldestination, Fort William, where your adventure comes to an end.010203-0405-0607-0809DublinArrive into Dublin at any time today and get yourself out exploringthe many sights and attractions, including the Guinness Storehouse,the redeveloped docklands area and the lively Temple Bar nightlife.Newgrange / SligoToday, enjoy a half-day tour of the extraordinary Neolithic necropolisof Newgrange, 1,000 years older than Stonehenge and 600 yearsolder than the great pyramids of Egypt. Head to Sligo this afternoon.Galway / The Burren / Cliffs of MoherVisit Drumcliff to see the grave of WB Yeats and a remarkable highcross dating back to the 11th Century before heading to Galway fora storytelling tour of its colourful centre. On Day 4, walk through theunique limestone scenery of The Burren, sample homemade cakes ona visit to a farmhouse and admire the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. (L)Aran Islands / KillarneyToday will take you to the beautiful Aran Islands where you’ll see theViking Fortress and admire scenic cliffs, Ruins of Seven Churches andvisit a seal colony. On Day 6, hop back to the mainland and on toKillarney where you’ll enjoy an orientation walk.CorkTravel by public bus to Cork and take an orientation walk beforevisiting the famous Blarney Castle where you can kiss the BlarneyStone. On Day 8, enjoy free time to see the sights of Cork and opt tovisit the Titanic Museum in Cobh.CorkTour concludes any time on Day 9.InclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Mix of camping and hostel (5nts, multishare) Transport: Bike, hike and kayakMeals: None Group Leader: Guide/Driver GroupSize: Avg 8 Notes: Includes bike, canoe, seakayak hire, safety equipment, tent/teepee andcooking equipment. Bring your own sleepingbag, waterproof clothing and walking boots.Good level of fitness required. Tour Code: BUDepartures 2015START FINISHJul 04 Jul 09START FINISHAug 01 Aug 06START FINISHAug 29 Sep 03GlencoeVillage12Ben LomondSCOTLANDFort WilliamGlencoeBridge of Orchy2 Loch LomondGlasgowInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (8 nts)Transport: Public bus, private van/bus, boatMeals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow EUR €250-350for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEQHIMy Own Room Available: Fr $809Departures 2015STARTFINISHJun 20 Jun 28Jun 28 Jul 06Jul 10 Jul 18STARTFINISHJul 18 Jul 26Aug 07 Aug 15Aug 15 Aug 23START FINISHSep 04 Sep 12Sep 12 Sep 20SligoNORTHERNIRELANDGalway2 Dublin1AranIslandsCliffs of Moher1Killarney1REPUBLIC OFIRELAND2Cork1129


SOUTHERNROCKERSTUDENTSCELTICSTUDENTSFR$359 / FR FR$349 ROCKER$679/ FR $659Dublin Dublin 3 DAYS Dublin Dublin5 DAYSREGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELANDHighlights• Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone• Drive around the scenic splendour of the Dingle Peninsula• Wander the lunar limestone landscapes of the BurrenCliffs of MoherHighlights• Stand 200m above the Atlantic at the Cliffs of Moher• Witness the mysterious lunar landscape of the Burren• Explore the traditional live music bars in youthful GalwayBlarney CastleDAY010203InclusionsGalwayNORTHERNIRELANDREPUBLIC OFIRELANDDublinDepartures 2015Cliffs1of Moher EnnisDingleBlarney1Departures 2015Jan - Apr Every FridayKillarneyJan - Apr Every MondayMay - Sep Every Wednesday & FridayMay - Sep Every Monday & WednesdayOct - DecITINERARYDublin / Cashel / Blarney / KillarneyLeaving Dublin this morning, you’ll pass through the lush sceneryof County Wicklow en route to Cashel. Slap bang in the middle oftown lies the famous ‘Rock of Cashel’ where you can marvel atthe collection of Celtic art and medieval architecture - castles,cathedrals, chapels and crosses - perched atop its lofty summit.Next, head down into County Cork, known as the ‘Rebel County’, fora visit to Blarney Castle, set in beautiful gardens. Don’t forget to kissthe famous Blarney Stone if you want to be blessed with the gift ofthe gab! It’s then on to the lakeside town of Killarney, the gateway tosome impressive mountain scenery, where you’ll spend the night.Killarney / Dingle Peninsula / EnnisToday, you’re headed for the Dingle Peninsula where it’s impossiblenot to be impressed by its archaeological heritage as well as itsbeautiful scenery. The peninsula stretches some 48kms into theAtlantic, its interior dominated by a mountain spine and its dramaticcoast boasting sea cliffs, sandy beaches and some of the best surfingin Ireland. It’s also home to a thriving Gaelic-speaking community,proud of its language and ancient traditions. From here, you’ll crossthe mighty Shannon River and head to the small town of Ennis for anight of traditional Irish music and some good craic.Ennis / Cliffs of Moher / Galway / DublinHold onto your hats this morning, it can get pretty blustery at thestunning Cliffs of Moher, whose sheer sides rise some 200m highfrom the Atlantic Ocean. En route to Galway, explore the eerielunar landscape of the Burren. You’ll have a little free time todayto see some of the highlights of the city of Galway, known for itsbrightly-painted pubs and summertime street entertainers, beforereturning to Dublin. The tour comes to an end on arrival into Dublinthis evening.Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Hostels (2 nts, mixed dorm)Transport: Modern coach Meals: 2 breakfastsGroup Leader: Guide/Driver (100% Irish!)Group Size: Avg 25 Notes: Includes entry toCliffs of Moher Tour Code: BUEvery FridayDAY010203-0405InclusionsOct - DecITINERARYDublin / GalwayBid a fond farewell to Dublin and head west to Tullamore Dew forsome whiskey sampling! Later, you’ll pass the legendary peat bogsand Galway Bay before reaching the colourful and vibrant city ofGalway. One in four of the city’s population are students, so you’repretty much guaranteed a good night out.Inis Mór or ConnemaraDuring the summer, catch the ferry over to the amazing Gaelicspeakingisland of Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands andfamed for its endless dry stone walls and strong Irish traditions.During the winter months, a day trip into Connemara is on the cards,where you’ll explore the legendary scenery and visit the magnificentKylemore Abbey. Return to Galway for another night out on the town.Burren / Ennis / Dingle Peninsula / KillarneyHear local legends as you explore the ‘moon surface’ amidst the rockylandscapes of the Burren then gasp when you see the sheer dropfrom the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most-visited attractions.Tonight you’ll stay at the lively city of Ennis, where pubs are filledwith locals playing Irish music. On Day 4, explore the breathtakingDingle Peninsula, admire its dramatic scenery and breathe the freshIrish air before heading to the lakeside town of Killarney, where youcan enjoy a great night out bar hopping.Blarney / Cashel / DublinHead into beautiful County Cork to visit Blarney Castle, where youhave the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone - it’s said thatdoing so will give you the gift of the gab! Then continue to Cashel,famous for the ‘Rock of Cashel’ where, perched on top of a limestoneoutcrop, you’ll find a fine collection of medieval buildings. Your tripends today on arrival to Dublin.Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Hostels (4 nts, mixed dorm)Transport: Modern coach Meals: None GroupLeader: Guide/Driver (100% Irish!) GroupSize: Avg 25 Notes: Includes entry to Cliffs ofMoher, transfer and ferry to Inis Mór (Apr-Oct)Tour Code: BUEvery MondayConnemaraInisMorCliffsof MoherNORTHERNIRELANDREPUBLIC OFIRELANDGalwayEnnisDingleBlarney1CastleKillarney21Dublin130VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


GIANT’SROCKERSTUDENTSALL IRELANDSTUDENTSFR$679/ FR FR$659 ROCKER$889/ FR $859Dublin Dublin 5 DAYS Dublin Dublin7 DAYSGiant’s CausewayHighlights• Admire the mighty Cliffs of Moher, rising high over the Atlantic• Dare you cross the jaw-dropping Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge?• Listen to the stories behind the ‘Troubles’ in Northern IrelandCarrick-a-RedeHighlights• See the spectacular medieval buildings atop the Rock of Cashel• Kiss the Blarney Stone at County Cork’s famous Blarney Castle• Enjoy traditional live music sessions in Ennis and GalwayREGIONAL TOURING - UK & IRELANDDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY0102-0304Dublin / Belfast / Carrick-a-Rede / BallintoyHead to vibrant Belfast to explore the political murals and the chanceto do a Black Cab tour of Belfast City with a local at the wheel.Learn about the ‘Troubles’ or choose to visit the Titanic Quarter,built around a new showpiece museum. The city truly boasts someremarkable history and is a highlight of many travellers’ trips to theNorth. Then continue to the stunning Antrim coast and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge stretching high above the Atlantic.Ballintoy / Derry (Londonderry) / GalwayFollow the footsteps of giants on the amazing natural wonder that isthe Giant’s Causeway then it’s on to the walled city of Derry. Prepareto get emotional as you meet Derry’s bloody past on a walk throughboth past and present. On Day 3, leave the North and travel throughthe wild, rugged and rural Connemara and legendary Irish scenery ofmountains, streams and peat bogs into vibrant Galway for the night.Inis Mór (Aran Islands)The ferry will take you over the Atlantic and on to the largest ofthe Aran Islands, Inis Mór, that has over 3,000 miles of stone walls!Jump on a bike or hire a horse and cart, and spend the day exploringthe island or grab a pint and get chatting to Gaelic locals. Return toGalway for the night.0102-0304-05Dublin / Belfast / Carrick-a-Rede / BallintoyHead north to explore the political murals of Belfast in a Black Cab orvisit the city’s newly-developed ‘Titanic Quarter’ then it’s on to whathas recently been called ‘The Most Mystifyingly Cool Road Ever’ and‘The Dark Hedges’. Later, dare yourself to walk across the precariousrope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede!Giant’s Causeway / Derry (Londonderry) / GalwayWitness the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal basalt columnsformed by a massive underwater eruption before discovering thehistoric and fascinating walled city of Derry. Test your emotions asyou walk through both past and present in this medieval city. OnDay 3, cross back into the Republic and explore the rugged and ruralConnemara. From here, it’s just a short hop to the city of Galway,hosting a range of buzzing bars.Inis Mór (Aran Islands) / Burren / Cliffs of Moher / EnnisToday, you have a chance to step back in time, with a ferry crossingover to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. Explore this Gaelicspeakingisland by bike or hire a horse and cart. On Day 5, take inthe lunar-like landscape of Burren then gasp at the sheer drop intothe Atlantic from the Cliffs of Moher. Continue on to the market townof Ennis where you can enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music.05Galway / DublinHead straight to the stunning Cliffs of Moher, looming high over theAtlantic Ocean. Vertigo sufferers beware! After lunch, explore theweird and magical landscape of the Burren, lunar-like in appearanceand, it’s reputed, also home to fairies and leprechauns. After listeningto the Celtic legends here, travel back to Dublin. It’s time to bidfarewells to your travel mates as your adventure concludes on arrival.06-07Dingle Peninsula / Killarney / DublinTravel along the dramatic Dingle Peninsula and enjoy the breathtakingscenery and fresh Irish air. Your home for the night is the party townof Killarney. On Day 7, enter the ‘Rebel County’ of Cork and head forthe Blarney Castle, where you’ll have a chance to kiss the famousBlarney Stone before taking in the inspiring Rock of Cashel. Your tripwraps up on arrival to Dublin today.InclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Hostels (4 nts, mixed dorm)Transport: Modern coach Meals: None GroupLeader: Guide/Driver (100% Irish!) Group Size:Avg 25 Notes: Includes transfer and ferry toInis Mór, entry to Cliffs of Moher and Giant’sCauseway Visitor Centre Tour Code: BUDepartures 2015May - SepEvery Monday & SaturdayInis MorBallintoyLondonderryREPUBLIC OFIRELANDConnemara2Cliffs ofMoherGalwayCarrick-a-Rede11NORTHERNIRELANDBelfastDublinInclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Hostel (6 nts, mixed dorm)Transport: Modern coach Meals: None GroupLeader: Guide/Driver (100% Irish!) Group Size:Avg 25 Notes: Includes entry to Cliffs of Moherand Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, transfer &ferry to Inis Mór Tour Code: BUDepartures 2015AprMay - SepOctEvery SaturdayEvery Monday & SaturdayEvery SaturdayCarrick-a-RedeBallintoyLondonderry 1NORTHERNIRELANDBelfastREPUBLIC OFIRELANDConnemaraDublin2 GalwayInisMor1Cliffs of EnnisMoherKillarney1DingleBlarney Castle1131


MEDITERRANEAN SAILINGMEDITERRANEAN SAILINGImagine a sailing holiday in the warm waters ofthe Mediterranean, sitting on deck, admiringthe golden sunset with a cold beer or a glassof locally-produced wine… does life get anybetter? Now imagine dropping anchor in ahidden cove along Croatia’s rocky shore anddiving in for a refreshing swim, or pullinginto a timeless fishing village for lunch at atraditional Greek taverna. Interested?There are countless ways to experiencethe Med – we have yachting holidays in theGreek Islands, traditional gulets in Turkey,and wooden cruisers or yachts to explore thehedonistic islands of Croatia. We can eventake you to the party capital of Ibiza, andsort out your club tickets and hangover cures.If it’s island-hopping you’re after, you cando this cheaply like the locals on one of ourferry-based tours in Greece, from sun-soakedMykonos to volcanic Santorini.


IBIZA ISLAND HOPPERIbiza MenorcaSTUDENTSFR$1,219/ FR $1,1798 DAYSHighlights• Party in the world’s best clubs• Dance to a beautiful sundown in Ibiza• Discounted club tickets• Enjoy free cocktails on a sunset cruise• Visit Mallorca’s Caves of Drach• Go horse riding or windsurfing• Try a sobrasada, traditional stew• Sunset kayak trip & Menorcan dinnerDepartures 2015START IN IBIZA - FINISH MENORCASTART FINISHJun 04 Jun 11Jun 18 Jun 25Jun 22 Jun 29Jul 02 Jul 09START IN MENORCA - FINISH IBIZASTART FINISHJun 11 Jun 18Jun 25 Jul 02Jun 29 Jul 06Jul 09 Jul 16InclusionsValenciaIbizaSTART FINISHJul 06 Jul 13Jul 16 Jul 23Jul 20 Jul 27Jul 30 Aug 06START FINISHJul 13 Jul 20Jul 23 Jul 30Jul 27 Aug 03Aug 06 Aug 13SPAIN2MallorcaBarcelona2START FINISHAug 03 Aug 10Aug 13 Aug 20Aug 17 Aug 24Aug 27 Sep 03START FINISHAug 10 Aug 17Aug 20 Aug 27Sep 03 Sep 10Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Budget hotels/hostels (7nts, multishare) - upgrades to private twin/double room available Transport: Ferry Meals:6 breakfasts Group Leader: Guide Group Size:Max 25 Notes: Includes orientation walks,organised nights out on every island, all ferrytickets and transfers Tour Code: BUMenorca2The Balearic Islands are a group of gorgeous sun-kissed holiday hotspots located close tothe Spanish mainland in the Mediterranean Sea. With a great climate, beautiful beaches andan easy-going nature, the islands are perhaps best-known around the globe for the partyisland of Ibiza. This is a clubber’s paradise, truly nowhere compares to this! There are twoways to enjoy this itinerary - you can travel from Ibiza to Menorca (we call it ‘Retox thenDetox’), or you can do the trip in reverse from Menorca to Ibiza (‘Detox then Retox’). Eitherway, your island hopping is easy aboard the public ferries.DAY0102-0304050607-08ITINERARYIbiza TownIbizaGet yourself to Ibiza and check-in. Your guide will give you the low-down of what’s on offer overthe next week, and help book any optional boat trips or excursions you’d like. Your guide can alsoarrange club tickets, with great discounts off the normal entrance fee. Enjoy an orientation walk ofIbiza Town, after which there’s free time to explore, shop or relax by the hotel pool. Tonight, youhave the option to head to a great tapas bar for dinner and drinks, followed by your first night out insome of the biggest night clubs in the world.IbizaAfter dancing ‘til dawn, the morning is yours to recover, so relax by the pool, explore the island or hitIbiza’s awesome shopping scene. Later on, head to an absolute Ibiza must-do - the Pukka Up partyboat cruise! Here you’ll groove away to top on-board DJs, wicked dancers and let the drinks flow! OnDay 3, hit the island’s most lively beach, Bora Bora. An all-day beach party with tunes and ice-coldcocktails will make your last afternoon in Ibiza one to remember. Tan topped up and totally chilled,this evening head with your guide to San Antonio, for an orientation walk through Ibiza’s West Endand dinner at one of Ibiza’s best restaurants. (2B)Ibiza / MallorcaThis morning, there is the option to head over to the tiny island of Formentera, before catching theferry to Mallorca, the largest of the Balearics. On arrival, transfer to the resort of Alcudia which hasa lovely bayside setting on the north coast of the island. After check-in, meet up for an orientationwalk of the local area and then the option of enjoying some traditional cuisine on the waterfront.MallorcaYou have the day free to explore Mallorca as you wish; perhaps head to Soller which is located in theSierra de Tramuntana mountain range on the island’s secluded and dramatic west coast; take a tripover to the east coast of the island to visit the Caves of Drach, where you can marvel at the world’slargest underground lakes; or alternatively, catch a local bus to Mallorca’s capital, Palma, and exploreits cathedral and bustling shopping district. If you just want to chill, take some time out on the beachfor sunshine and watersports, or sign up for an optional excursion by catamaran to get yourself outonto the Mediterranean. (B)Mallorca / MenorcaEnjoy an easy morning before catching the afternoon ferry to Menorca. Start with an orientationwalk of Cuitadella Town; with its wide selection of shops and restaurants. You could spend the dayhere and never get bored. This evening, head to the Cova d’en Xoroi, a club like no other we know.Perched on a cliff, you can dance ‘til dawn overlooking the seas to the sounds of top internationalDJs working the decks. (B)MenorcaMenorca, with as many beaches as Ibiza and Mallorca combined, is stunning, and today is yourchance to explore. Relax on world-class golden beaches with a cocktail in hand, swim in the crystalclearwaters or head off on horseback through the gorgeous countryside. In the afternoon, catcha bus out to a top watersports beach for the incredible optional sunset kayaking trip, then tonightfinish the tour in style sampling locally-made pomada and the best-kept secret of Menorca – itsbrilliant nightlife. Sadly, this awesome island-hopping tour ends on Day 8 after breakfast. (2B)MEDITERRANEAN SAILING133


CROATIA ONE-WAY SAILDubrovnik SplitFR$1,005/ FR $975STUDENTS8 DAYSMEDITERRANEAN SAILINGHighlights• Scale the city walls of Dubrovnik• Explore Mljet’s National Park• Hike to a pirate fortress• Drop anchor and dive into the Adriatic• Drink cocktails on a medieval turret• Party ‘til dawn in a Croatian cave bar• Wine tasting on the Stari Grad plain• Admire the luxury yachts in HvarDepartures 2015START FINISH START FINISH START FINISHMay 16 May 23 Jul 11 Jul 18 Aug 22 Aug 29May 23 May 30 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 29 Sep 05May 30 Jun 06 Jul 22 Jul 29 Sep 02 Sep 09Jun 06 Jun 13 Jul 25 Aug 01 Sep 05 Sep 12Jun 13 Jun 20 Aug 01 Aug 08 Sep 12 Sep 19Jun 20 Jun 27 Aug 05 Aug 12 Sep 16 Sep 23Jun 24 Jul 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Sep 19 Sep 26Jun 27 Jul 04 Aug 15 Aug 22 Sep 26 Oct 03Jul 04 Jul 11 Aug 19 Aug 26 Oct 03 Oct 10Jul 08 Jul 15This cruise also operates in reverse, ask for details.InclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Twin share cabins (7 nts)Cabins: Choose from below deck (porthole)or above deck (windows) cabins, with eithershared or en-suite bathroom Transport:Classic Standard, Classic Ensuite, CruiserEnsuite sailing boats Meals: 7 breakfasts,7 lunches Group Leader: Captain, Crew &English-speaking Guide Group Size: Boatsaccommodate between 16-36 guests Notes:Includes orientation walks in Dubrovnik, Splitand the islands. Port taxes of approx. EUR€20 to be paid on Day 1 Tour Code: BUCROATIA2SplitHvarPuciscaYou might like21Omis1Makarska1BOSNIA ANDHERZEGOVINAKorculaSipanDubrovnikCroatia Festival SailingSet sail from Zadar or Split for a week’ssailing combined with one of six festivals -Hideout, Garden Festival, Suncebeat, ElectricElephant, Stop Making Sense or Soundwave,(BU) see page 24 Fr $1,4951Spend eight days in heaven. Well, actually in Croatia, but we think it’s pretty close to heaven- sailing up the beautiful Adriatic and following the spectacular Dalmatian coastline allthe way. You’ll discover tiny islands and secluded coves hidden in the sparkling sea, watchamazing sunsets, sip cocktails from the deck or check out the vibrant local bars and coolnightclubs on dry land. This chilled-out week of sunshine and partying will see you swimmingin crystalline waters, sipping locally-produced wine and eating the freshest seafood you’veever tasted. Trust us, this is how you want to spend your summer days!DAY01020304050607-08ITINERARYDubrovnik / SipanAnchors away, as you set sail on the first day of the best week ever! As you depart Dubrovnikharbour and head out across the blue Adriatic, soak up the beauty of Eliphiti Island on your way toSipan. The sail time is short, with a nice refreshing swim stop to set the tone for the week. Tonightyou’ll dock at the port of Sipan, your base for the night, and watch the stunning sunset and get toknow your trip mates over a barbecue dinner as you celebrate your first night on tour. (L)Sipan / KorculaSpend the morning exploring the stunning Mljet National Park before setting sail to Korcula. Join yourguide for a stroll around this town and visit the supposed birthplace of the famous explorer MarcoPolo. Seek out the beautiful Moreska – a unique local sword dance complete with stunning costumesand traditional music. Tonight, satisfy your explorer’s hunger with a pizza before a cocktail or two atDos Locos Bar, then it’s on to the awesome rooftop cocktail bar Massimo - perched on the top of amedieval fort turret for jaw-dropping views and an incredible vibe. (B, L)Korcula / HvarDepart Korcula for the island of Hvar, with plenty of time for a swim stop in the crystal clear Adriatic.After docking in the glamorous port of Hvar enjoy a short walking tour of one of the highlights of theDalmatian Coast. See the beautiful Venetian cobbled streets, town square and maybe enjoy the shortwalk up to the Spanjola Fortress for awesome views out over the bay. Look out for the big pleasureyachts too, as Hvar is frequented by the rich and famous. (B, L)HvarThis is your island day, shake off the sea legs and get busy exploring Hvar. In the summer the smellof lavender will fill your nostrils, whilst the wine on the island is some of the best in Croatia. Hvarhas so many small little hidden bays where you can swim alone with your friends. The island alsoboasts some fabulous little eateries tucked away where only the locals (and your guide!) know. Thisevening re-visit the bars or chill out on a beach with a bottle of the locally-made wine. (B, L)Hvar / Bol / MakarskaSail to one of the most beautiful little fishing villages for a taste of real Dalmatian culture. The townof Bol (on Brac) is famous as being the most photographed beach in Croatia, ‘Zlatni Ra’ (literally‘Golden Horn’), known for the way it sticks right out from the coastline. Then it’s on to the seasideresort of Makarska, famous for its long pebble beach, watersports and palm-fringed promenade.Dinner will be at Konoba Susvid, a great traditional tavern with a few drinks afterwards. (B, L)Makarska / PuciscaAfter a night of entertainment it’s over the waters to Pucisca on the island of Brac. On arrival intoPucisca you’ll be introduced to the world-famous stonemasons’ school where they provided thatgleaming white stuff for the White House. Today is a nice chilled one; enjoy swimming and relaxingbefore the Captain’s barbecue in the evening. (B, L)Pucisca / Omis / SplitWake up in the pirate town of Omis ready to explore the island, get physical with some rafting orjust relax on the beach before sailing on to Split for your final night in Dalmatia’s capital. Explorethe Roman Palace of Diocletian, chill out on the waterfront with a Bijela Kava (coffee) in hand,before rounding the night off with some cocktails and party at Bacvice Beach. Day 8, bid farewelland transfer to the airport, or stay a bit longer by linking up with the Bohemian or Ottoman Trek, tocontinue your eastern adventure. (2B, L)134 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CROATIA ISLAND HOPPERSplit SplitFR$985/ FR $955STUDENTS8 DAYSHighlights• Enjoy a beer in Split’s Roman fort• Snorkel at secluded bays• Swim in the lakes of Mljet N.P.• Explore the beautiful city of Dubrovnik• Sip cocktails atop Korcula’s tower• Check out the rich and famous in Hvar• Get ready to party like a pirate!• Try your hand at fishing from the boatDepartures 2015START FINISH START FINISHMay 02 May 09 Jun 27 Jul 04May 09 May 16 Jul 04 Jul 11May 16 May 23 Jul 11 Jul 18May 23 May 30 Jul 18 Jul 25May 30 Jun 06 Jul 25 Aug 01Jun 06 Jun 13 Aug 01 Aug 08Jun 13 Jun 20 Aug 08 Aug 15Jun 20 Jun 27 Aug 15 Aug 22InclusionsSTART FINISHAug 22 Aug 29Aug 29 Sep 05Sep 05 Sep 12Sep 12 Sep 19Sep 19 Sep 26Sep 26 Oct 03Oct 03 Oct 10Oct 10 Oct 17Service Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Twin share cabins (7 nts)Cabins: Choose from below deck (porthole)or above deck (windows) Transport: ClassicStandard, Classic Ensuite, Cruiser Ensuitesailing boats Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunchesGroup Leader: Captain, Crew & Guide GroupSize: Boats typically accommodate between16-36 passengers Notes: Includes orientationwalks in Dubrovnik, Split and the islands. Porttaxes of approx. EUR €20 to be paid on DAY 1Tour Code: BUCROATIASplit1PuciscaHvarYou might like11Omis1 Makarska1BOSNIA ANDHERZEGOVINAKorculaMljetDubrovnikOttoman TrekSplit to Istanbul via Sofia(8 Days) Fr $1,029Classic Balkan TrekIstanbul to Split via Athens(8 Days) Fr $1,009Bohemian TrekSplit to Prague(7 Days) Fr $939Classic Rhapsody TrekPrague to Split(9 Days) Fr $1,189See pages 108-10911Jump on board your fantastic sailing boat, stretch out on deck in the blissful sunshineand take in some of the 1,185 islands dotted along Croatia’s rugged Dalmatian Coast. Ifall this becomes too taxing, jump in the azure water for a swim, dock at an island port toexplore its old town, climb a medieval fortress or party ‘til dawn in a blue cave. Starting andfinishing in Split, spend the week island-hopping down the coast to glorious Dubrovnik -and back again. Grab your flip flops, bathers and sunglasses, and you’re all set for a week ofpartying and fun in paradise.DAY010203040506-08ITINERARYSplit / HvarDepart Split harbour to cruise out past the island of Brac, as you enjoy your first lunch onboard andget to know your new crew. Stop for a swim in the beautiful Adriatic as you head towards one ofCroatia’s coolest islands – Hvar. Marvel at the super yachts in the medieval harbour that has madethe town a popular celeb hang out. Wander around the markets or head up to the ancient fort forone of the best postcard shots of Croatia’s sunniest island! Tonight it’s tequila boom booms at Kiva,funky beats and DJs at the super cool Carpe Diem or raving in a nightclub in a monastery! (L)Hvar / MljetWake-up to beautiful views of the Dalmatian coast and set sail to Mljet, famous for its stunningnational park. You’ll see amazing saltwater lakes and a secluded abbey on the Island of St. Mary inthe middle of the biggest lake. It’s an awesome place for a dip; and with the water a few degreeswarmer than the sea, you’ll think you’ve struck paradise. A favourite thing to do is catch a boat outto the island to check out the old monastery. Tonight you’ll overnight at the port of Polaca / Pomenawhere you can put your feet up, watch the sun go down and tuck into a barbecue. (B, L)Mljet / DubrovnikToday, you’ll make your way to Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and home to some of the bestwaterfront bars on the coast not to mention the world’s most complete set of medieval fortifiedcity walls. If sipping cocktails gets too much, head round to one of the hidden bays for a swim. Thisevening, why not sample some of the local seafood caught fresh that day? Later, Club Fuego will openits doors for the evening playing beats to move your feet until the wee hours of the morning. (B, L)Dubrovnik / KorculaThis morning it’s off to Korcula to check out the island where Marco Polo was supposedly born.If you’re lucky, you might even catch the famous Moreska, a local sword dance unique to Korculacomplete with stunning costumes and traditional music. Stroll around town with your guide andtake a lesson in the old fashioned way to properly guard a town against extreme weather! Later,enjoy a pizza in town and then maybe a few cocktails at Dos Locos Bar. No visit to Korcula would becomplete without a drink at Massimo, a cocktail bar on the roof of a medieval fort turret. (B, L)Korcula / MakarskaToday you sail up the mainland coast to the seaside resort of Makarska, famous for its longpebble beach, watersports and palm-fringed promenade framed by the lofty heights of the BiokovoMountains. After a few drinks watching the amazing sunset, dinner is at Konoba Susvid, a greattraditional tavern in the town centre followed by a few drinks afterwards. If you’re here in peakseason, don’t forget to check out Club Deep, a nightclub inside a cave that used to be a weaponsdepot in the Second World War. A place of war becomes a place of party... how cool is that? (B, L)Makarska / Pucisca / SplitThis morning, sail across to Pucisca and the marble capital of the world. Sample a real bit ofDalmatian culture heading off the beaten track to one of the island’s most beautiful bays. Tonightis the Captain’s dinner followed by the night sail to Omis and the onboard pirates party. On Day 7,explore the pirate town of Omis, visit the mountain fortress or go rafting before sailing into Split toenjoy your final night in Dalmatia’s capital. Have a wander around the amazing Diocletian’s Palace,sip a bijela kava (coffee) on the funky Riva waterfront with concerts and entertainment going on allsummer long. Cocktails in the Red Room and party ‘til dawn on Bacvice Beach. After breakfast on Day8, it is time to say goodbye to your new friends and crew! 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MEDITERRANEAN SAILINGSAILING CROATIADubrovnik SplitHighlights• Wander the stone walls of Dubrovnik• Enjoy the social lifestyle on a yacht• Discover secluded islands and beaches• Kayak the gorgeous inlets of Korcula• See the forests of Mljet National Park• Indulge in Hvar’s legendary nightlife• Swim in the warm waters of Adriatic• Connect with Roman history in SplitDepartures 2015START FINISHMay 02 May 09May 09 May 16May 16 May 23May 23 May 30May 30 Jun 06Jun 06 Jun 13Jun 13 Jun 20Jun 20 Jun 27InclusionsSTART FINISHJun 27 Jul 04Jul 04 Jul 11Jul 11 Jul 18Jul 18 Jul 25Jul 25 Aug 01Aug 01 Aug 08Aug 08 Aug 15Aug 15 Aug 22START FINISHAug 22 Aug 29Aug 29 Sep 05Sep 05 Sep 12Sep 12 Sep 19Sep 19 Sep 26Sep 26 Oct 03Oct 03 Oct 10Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Yachts(7nts) – equipped with 4 twin-share cabins,3 bathrooms and 4 showers Transport: 50 ftsailing yacht Meals: None Budget: Allow EUR250-300 for meals ashore not included GroupLeader: Skipper Group Size: Max 8 Notes:Basic food items on the yacht to be covered bya locally-payable food kitty (approx. EUR €50per person) Tour Code: GAECVD1CROATIASplitVisHvarKorculaPloceMljetBOZNIA &HERZEGOVINA7Dubrovnik1DAY01-08ITINERARYFR$1,8498 DAYSWhether you’re looking for relaxed afternoons lazing on the deck of a yacht or decadentevenings indulging in the local nightlife scene, this easy-going Croatian sailing holiday setsout to please. Embark in lovely Dubrovnik and discover charming villages as you sail fromisland to stunning island aboard a small, skippered yacht. The emphasis is on connectingwith the country and its culture, and we guarantee you’ll fall in love with this region’s beautyon hikes to castles and waterfalls. Toss in beach barbecues and snorkelling and you have anincredible and affordable island getaway.Dubrovnik / SplitThere’s no fixed route on this one-way cruise along Croatia’s craggy Adriatic shoreline – muchdepends on the interests and wishes of the group, along with the guidance of the resident localexpert, the yacht’s skipper. Possible stops may include the popular islands of Hvar, Korcula and Brac,the more remote island of Vis, or coastal towns along the mainland. Your home for the week will bea 50ft sailing yacht, which you’ll share with a maximum of just eight guests in five twin-share cabinswith shared bathroom facilities.Please note the itinerary may need to change due to inclement weather conditions. This decisionwill be made solely at the skipper’s discretion, based on the safety of both the group and theyacht, however some of the likely sightseeing highlights include the following.MljetFamous for its hiking, cycling, swimming and stunning scenery, the island of Mljet is where it wasreputed Odysseus stayed for seven years. Your stop won’t be as lengthy but you’ll be able to enjoy aguided tour of the national park or a refreshing swim in one of the saltwater lakes.KorculaSaid to be the birthplace of Marco Polo in 1254, Korcula Town will soon lure you with its manycharms. The sightseeing highlight is the Gothic St. Mark’s Cathedral, however much of the charm ofthis striking walled town comes from just wandering among its red roof houses and narrow streets.The island is known for the production of some of Croatia’s finest wines, especially of the sweeterdessert variety, and for its top-quality olive oil.PloceDisembark at this bustling town on the mainland of Croatia, where the streets are packed withwonderful shopping opportunities, or get out of town and laze for a while at one of the manybeautiful beaches nearby.HvarHvar is a popular choice with the rich and famous, as you might be able to guess judging by theexpensive pleasure yachts you’ll see moored in the marina at Hvar Town. This stylish island is also aparadise for hedonistic nightlife, and has been known to attract a host of celebrities, but it is alsohighly regarded as a place that is bursting with delightful Renaissance-style architecture.BracBrac is the perfect place to laze away a sunny afternoon on the beach, breaking only to take regulardips in the crystal-clear water. Perhaps set up a barbecue on the beach, and enjoy some local winesyou’ve sourced direct from the vineyards?SplitBefore the cruise comes to an end in the harbour at Split, the skipper will find a picturesque inlet toenjoy lunch together as a group. Enjoy the last night aboard and reminisce about what your favouriteexperiences were on your journey along the Dalmatian Coast. Split is a great place to end the cruise;and before moving on from the city, you’ll no doubt want to explore the amazing Diocletian’s Palace.136 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CROATIA ISLAND ESCAPESplit SplitFR$1,2258 DAYSHighlights• Vistas from Hvar’s hilltop fortress• Explore Diocletian’s Palace in Split• Relax on Dubrovnik’s pristine beaches• Indulge in Makarska’s divine seafood• Check out the mega-yachts in Hvar• Admire Adriatic seascapes as you sail• Unwind with an icy cocktail in Korcula• Party in cool coastal bars and clubsDepartures 2015START FINISH START FINISHMay 16 May 23 Jul 04 Jul 11May 23 May 30 Jul 08 Jul 15May 30 Jun 06 Jul 11 Jul 18Jun 06 Jun 13 Jul 15 Jul 22Jun 13 Jun 20 Jul 18 Jul 25Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 22 Jul 29Jun 20 Jun 27 Jul 25 Aug 01Jun 24 Jul 01 Jul 29 Aug 05Jun 27 Jul 04 Aug 01 Aug 08Jul 01 Jul 08 Aug 05 Aug 12START FINISHAug 08 Aug 15Aug 12 Aug 19Aug 15 Aug 22Aug 19 Aug 26Aug 22 Aug 29Aug 29 Sep 05Sep 05 Sep 12Sep 12 Sep 19Sep 19 Sep 26Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsService Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Twin sharecabins (7 nts) Cabins: Choose from belowdeck (porthole) or on deck cabins, with privatefacilities Transport: Traditional CroatianA-class wooden cruisers Meals: 7 breakfasts,5 lunches & 2 dinners Group Leader: Captain,Crew & onboard cruise Rep Group Size:Boats typically accommodate between 20-36passengers Tour Code: COBBCISplit11HvarADRIATIC SEACROATIA1Makarska1KorculaBOSNIA &HERZEGOVINA1Trstenik2DubrovnikDubrovnikShimmering azure waters, sublime sunshine, silky beaches, ancient architecture, medievaltowns and timeless traditions; Croatia truly has it all. This journey along the DalmatianCoast takes you from the marble streets of Split to the glitz and glamour of Hvar and tothe Adriatic emerald of Korcula. Mix this with Croatia’s blend of glamour and old-fashionedauthenticity, plus a cocktail or two and you have yourself a sizzling eight days of sun ahead!You’ll travel the coast aboard a wooden cruiser typically accommodating 20-36 passengers,small enough to get to know your fellow sailors yet big enough to ensure plenty of fun.DAY0102030405060708ITINERARYSplit / HvarJump onboard your new home for the next seven nights; a traditional Croatian wooden cruiser asyou leave the glittering turquoise port of Split behind you. Next stop; the show-stopping island ofHvar. This little treasure is best known for being the sunniest and greenest of the Croatian Islands,receiving 2,724 hours of glorious rays per year! Between its fragrant lavender fields, tranquil villagesbrimming with friendly locals and its pine-covered hills, lies medieval Hvar Town. On your first day inDalmatian paradise you can check out Hvar’s stunning square, 16th Century theatre and its hilltopfortress, which boasts spine-tingling panoramic views over the harbour. As you settle in to the laidbackway of life, get to know your new mates better over dinner before hitting the town. (L, D)Hvar / KorculaKick start your day by swimming into the inviting azure water at a remote cove en route to utopianumber two; Korcula. This zesty island is graced with indented coves, rolling hills and a walled town.Oh yes, and it also happens to be the home of famous adventurer, Marco Polo! After meandering itsstreets and admiring its fortified Old Town, why not sample some of Croatia’s finest wines? (B, L)Korcula / DubrovnikToday you’ll set sail for the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik. It’s easy to see why it has acquired thattitle, with its melange of Baroque buildings, eye-catching monuments, quaint monastries and finelycarvedstone museums which sing its historical and vibrant past. later on hit up Placa, the pedestriandistrict of the Old Town and soak up its flamboyant atmosphere. (B)DubrovnikHead back to the pretty city and bronze yourself on one of its heavenly beaches, cooling off in thewater if it all gets too much! Opt to take a cable car ride above Dubrovnik for absolutely breathtakingviews! Later, why not opt for a kayaking trip around the old city walls for a different angle on thisbeautiful city? (B, D)Dubrovnik / TrstenikSail past the Elaphite Islands, known for the palms, cypresses, olive trees, citrus plantations andcolourful reefs; you’re sure to be dazzled by their effortless beauty! Unwind on deck as you continueon to the unspoilt village of Trstenik. As you pull in to dock later that evening you’ll witness moreviews of the Adriatic. (B, L)Trstenik / MakarskaWatch the sea sparkle and soak up the sublime Croatian rays as you cruise along to Makarska, withits long sandy beach and striking promenade. If you fancy a bit of local action, head to Makarska’smain square and check out the kaleidoscope of colours you can see at its fruit and flower markets.Tonight is yours, so head out to a local eatery and try some of the town’s succulent seafood. (B, L)Makarska / SplitAfter drifting past the windsurfers’ paradise of Brac, you’ll gallivant around Split. Wander through thedomain of Diocletian’s Palace for a piece of Roman heritage, complete with 200 buildings and a hugecathedral. On your last evening, soak up Split’s Adriatic vibes and head on to one of the waterfrontbars, followed by a night out at its cool cafés and sizzling clubs. (B, L)SplitYour tour ends this morning after breakfast, so swap email addresses and reminisce on the pasteight sun-soaked days! (B)MEDITERRANEAN SAILING137


CROATIAN ISLANDHOPPERSAILFR$1,709 GREECEFR$1,559(includes local payment)Split Dubrovnik 8 DAYS Athens Athens8 DAYSMEDITERRANEAN SAILINGHighlights• Sunbathing on the Zlatni Rat, one of Croatia’s finest beaches• Tucking into a seafood platter at an authentic harbourside café• Partying with the glamorous crowd in the hotspots of HvarSplit HarbourHighlights• Prepare for an unforgettable ‘all hands on deck’ sailing experience• Take a stroll back in time through the historic streets of Aegina• Dance the night away on the dazzling island of HydraDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01Split / PuciscaBoard the boat, settle into your en-suite cabin and get your cruisesizzling with a tasty barbecue. A perfect start to an idyllic week inone of the world’s ultimate holiday destinations. (L, D)01Athens / AeginaBoard your luxury yacht and start a voyage among some of the bestGreek islands on offer starting with Aegina. This is a great place torelax over a beer and get to know your fellow seafarers.020304-050607-08Pucisca / MakarskaPlug in your iPod and watch the Adriatic go by en route to Makarska,where the sandy beach and promenade are perfect for stretchingyour legs. Makarska goes off when the sun goes down, so head outtonight to explore the themed bars and fun clubs in the resort. (B)Makarska / BolIt’s on to a new vibe today, Bol on the island of Brac, a cute townthat just begs to be explored. Hit the Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) Beachand enjoy people watching over a delicious seafood lunch. (B)Bol / Wild Bay / HvarEnjoy a day of relaxation then take it up a notch with a pirate partyat an exclusive overnight stop in Wild Bay. One of Croatia’s mostpopular islands, Hvar, is the next stop. The harbour is packed withyachts (and celebs!), the vineyards produce some great vintages andthe views from the hilltop fortress are stunning! (2B, 2L, D)Hvar / KorculaExplore the fascinating Venetian architecture in the walled fishingvillage of Korcula, stroll the cobbled streets and find a cosy barhidden away in an old turret. Ideal for a blissful sundowner. (B, L, D)Korcula / DubrovnikHead to the eye-catching city of Dubrovnik, its Baroque architectureearning it the moniker of ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. The cruise comes toan end after breakfast on Day 8, but you won’t want to leave! (2B, L)0203-0405-0607-08HydraStop at small islands as you continue to Hydra, an island where nocars or motorcycles are welcome. Head to the waterfront to grabsome dinner before hitting the bars for some great nightlife. (B, L)Plaka / NafplioHead to the incredible Peloponnese coast with a swim stop off thesouth coast of Spetses before reaching Plaka, a stunning port witha great beach for swimming as well as top-notch bars and taverns,perfect for a beer and fresh seafood. On Day 4, spend a day sailingto the idyllic seaport town of Nafplio, stopping at small coastalvillages for a swim and lunch. (2B, 2L)Spetses / PorosToday it is on to the island of Spetses with a swim stop in ZogeraBay. Wander the narrow streets admiring traditional architectureor enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches and secluded bays. Next day,anchor at Dhokos and Kounoupi islets on your way to Poros, whereyou can sit back and chill in its many bars and tavernas. (2B, 2L)Aegina / AthensSail to the main port on the island of Aegina, popular for its historystretching back thousands of years, its moon crescent harbour filledwith fishing boats and its little Byzantine chapel. Make the most ofthis welcoming port before sailing back to Athens the next day whereit is time to wave farewell to your fellow sailors. (2B, L)InclusionsService Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Twin sharecabins (7 nts) Cabins: Choose from below CROATIAdeck (porthole) or on deck cabins, with privatefacilities Transport: Traditional CroatianA-class wooden cruisers Meals: 7 breakfasts,5 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Captain,Crew & onboard cruise Rep Group Size:Boats typically accommodate between 20-36passengers Tour Code: COBBSI / COBBDIDepartures 2015STARTFINISH START FINISH START FINISHJun 20 Jun 27 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 15 Aug 22Jul 04 Jul 11 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 29 Sep 05Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.BOSNIA ANDHERZEGOVINASplitPucisca11Bol Makarska111Hvar1 Korcula Dubrovnik1WildBayInclusionsService Level: Basic Age Group: Min 18Accommodation: Double/twin cabins (7 nts)Transport: Luxury yacht Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6lunches Group Leader: Skipper Group Size: Avg35 Notes: Includes bedding and towels. Localpayment (port taxes, marine insurance, fuel &basic food kitty) of approx. EUR €100 to bepaid on Day 1 Group Size: Avg 8 Tour Code: BUDepartures 2015STARTFINISHJun 13 Jun 20Jun 20 Jun 27Jun 27 Jul 04Jul 04 Jul 11Jul 11 Jul 18STARTFINISHJul 18 Jul 25Jul 25 Aug 01Aug 01 Aug 08Aug 08 Aug 15Aug 15 Aug 22START FINISHAug 22 Aug 29Aug 29 Sep 05Sep 05 Sep 12AthensNafplio11Aegina 21PorosSpetsesPlaka(Leonidio)111Hydra138VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CELESTYAL CRUISES AEGEAN CLASSICAthens AthensFR$1,4756 DAYSHighlights• Wander the ancient streets of Athens• Relax on Mykonos’ blissful beaches• Drop anchor for a taste of Turkey• Enjoy the ship’s bars, clubs and spas• Admire the history of Rhodes Town• See a spectacular sunset on Santorini• Capture views of ‘sugarcube’ houses• Opt for a guided tour of the AcropolisDepartures 2015START FINISHMar 29 Apr 03Apr 05 Apr 10Apr 12 Apr 17Apr 19 Apr 24Apr 26 May 01May 03 May 08May 10 May 15May 17 May 22May 24 May 29May 31 Jun 05START FINISHJun 07 Jun 12Jun 14 Jun 19Jun 21 Jun 26Jun 28 Jul 03Jul 05 Jul 10Jul 12 Jul 17Jul 19 Jul 24Jul 26 Jul 31Aug 02 Aug 07Aug 09 Aug 14START FINISHAug 16 Aug 21Aug 23 Aug 28Aug 30 Sep 04Sep 06 Sep 11Sep 13 Sep 18Sep 20 Sep 25Sep 27 Oct 02Oct 04 Oct 09Oct 11 Oct 16Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsAccommodation: Hotel (1 nt), cruise ship(quad cabins) (4 nts) - twin-share andsingle cabins are available at a supplementTransport: Cruise ship Meals: 5 buffetbreakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 three-course dinnersGroup Leader: On-board cruise representativeTour Code: CO6CGSMEDITERRANEANSEA1AthensSantoriniCreteAEGEAN SEAMykonosTURKEYPatmosRhodes4KusadasiJoin our partners, Contiki Holidays, to hit the sun-kissed Greek isles for some serious R&Raboard one of Celestyal’s fabulous cruise ships. The cruise isn’t exclusively chartered toContiki so you’ll have the opportunity to mix with loads of other people, while still travellingas a group with other like-minded 18-35 year olds. Visit iconic spots like Santorini, Rhodesand Mykonos, and make a port of call in Kusadasi for a little taste of Turkey. Tuck intothree delicious meals daily on the ship and enjoy a wealth of on-board facilities including aluxurious spa, swimming pools, bars, nightclub, live entertainment and even a casino.DAY010203040506ITINERARYAthensCheck-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens. Twist and turnthrough the narrow medieval streets of the Plaka district, which is brimming with traditional tavernasand pavement cafés, and stumble upon ancient architectural sites full of history and character. Meetyour cruise representative and the rest of your group this evening, perhaps getting to know yourfellow travellers over an optional dinner at an authentic Greek taverna.Athens / MykonosHead down to the port in good time to board your ship. Settle into your cabin - whether you havechosen inside or outside twin-share, quad or single cabin, they all have private en-suite facilities -before setting sail for the paradise island of Mykonos, admiring awe-inspiring views over the Aegean.Head into Mykonos Town and wander through its maze of tiny streets lined by whitewashed cubeshapedhouses. Chill with friends on the island’s golden beaches and cool off with regular dips in theazure waters. Wrap up the day with a drink at one of Mykonos’ bars along Little Venice and watchthe sun go down as the island’s young and vibrant party crowd comes alive. (B, L, D)Mykonos / Kusadasi / PatmosWake up to the Turkish port town and resort of Kusadasi, where you can haggle for bargains inits authentic bazaar or grab yourself a pavement table for a refreshing glass of visne (sour cherryjuice) or Turkish tea. Opt in for a trip to the classical archaelogical site of Ephesus, which is highlyrecommended for history buffs. Next up, you’re back on the boat and heading back into Greece for avisit to the friendly, unspoilt island of Patmos where you can visit the Monastery of St. John or relaxon the beach while watching the local fishermen bringing in the catch of the day. (B, L, D)Patmos / RhodesHug the coastline of Turkey all the way down to Rhodes, the sunniest island in the Aegean. It’s anabsolute gem of an island, serving up a mix of ancient relics from different civilisations as well aspristine beaches and medieval towns. Rhodes Town itself is classified as a UNESCO World Heritagesite thanks to the massive walled fortifications which completely enclose its atmospheric old quarter.(B, L, D)Rhodes / Crete / SantoriniDrop by Heraklion Town on Crete, the largest of all the Greek islands, en route to perhaps the mostquintessential of all, Santorini, world-famous for its simple blue and white buildings, spectacularisland sunsets and breathtaking natural scenery. Climb twisting stone steps, ride a donkey or catch acable car up to the clifftop town of Fira. While docked in Santorini, you also have the option to take aboat ride out to the fascinating volcanic island of Nea Kameni. (B, L, D)Santorini / AthensReturn to the Greek capital and set yourself up for the day ahead with a final breakfast on board theship. On arrival, transfer from the port to the centre of Athens, where it’s time to say your goodbyesas the tour comes to an end. You do, however, have one last unmissable opportunity to prolong thefun - an optional guided tour of the ancient Parthenon and Acropolis! (B)MEDITERRANEAN SAILING139


GREEK ISLAND FLEXI HOPPERAthens AthensFR$589/ FR $569STUDENTS9 DAYS - 5 MONTHSMEDITERRANEAN SAILINGHighlights• Choose fixed itinerary or flexible tour• Discover the Plaka area in Athens• Chill on Mykonos’ sun-kissed beaches• Snorkel in crystal-clear water• Admire Santorini’s iconic white houses• Dine like a local at a Greek taverna• Walk around the old city walls in Fira• Party on the fun-loving island of IosDepartures 2015May 14 - Jul 09Jul 11 - Aug 21Aug 22 - Sep 25InclusionsAthensAlternate daysDailyAlternate daysAge Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Notincluded, can be arranged for EUR €10-45per person per night in local pensions andbeach clubs. Book online through BusaboutMyTrip (see pages 38-42) Transport: FerryMeals: None included Group Leader: GuideGroup Size: Avg 34 Notes: Orientation walks,nights out, transfers to and from specificaccommodation and local taxes Tour Code: BUMykonosIosParosSantoriniFIXED ITINERARY: A Busabout guide will escort each group, staying two nights on eachisland. If you have not advised otherwise (at least two weeks prior to departure) your ferrytickets will be booked as a fixed nine-day itinerary as shown below. Accommodation is notincluded on the flexi-hopper, but is easily arranged online through Busabout’s ‘MyTrip’.FLEXIBLE TOUR: Confirm your travel dates at least two weeks before your departure fromAthens. There are sailings every day (Jul/Aug) and every second day (May/Jun/Sep). Stay aslong as you like on each island, joining up with different groups along the way.DAY01-0203-0405-0607-0809ITINERARYMykonos TownAthens / MykonosDay 1 is an early start. Make your own way to the port of Pireaus in Athens, and meet your guidewho will provide you with all your ferry tickets for the trip and your itinerary which contains detailsof all the group activities, transport, accommodation and optional excursions. Set sail for thestunning island of Mykonos, home for the next two nights. It’s the most cosmopolitan of the GreekIslands with a vibrant and sophisticated nightlife and is a favourite amongst the jet setters. Spendthe afternoon chilling on the aptly-named Paradise Beach, where the recommended accommodationoption is located, and work on your tan. Later, enjoy an orientation walking tour of Mykonos Town,before an optional dinner at a local restaurant. With its famous landmark windmills, narrow alleys andhundreds of little family churches and chapels, Mykonos Town is considered one of the most beautifulplaces on the island.Mykonos / ParosLeaving Mykonos on Day 3, head to Paros, a totally chilled-out island where you can kick off yourparty shoes and relax the way only the Greek Islanders know how! There are plenty of optionalexcursions to join including a full day cruise around Paros and Antiparos stopping at some of themost spectacular swimming spots you can imagine, complete with beach barbecue. Snorkel, watchthe kite boarders cutting up the waves and chill out soaking up the sun. Paros is one of the mostprosperous of all the Greek Islands, thanks to the abundance of high-quality white marble foundhere. Explore this beautiful island, discover carefree villages and lovely Golden Beach.Paros / SantoriniThe volcanic isle of Santorini is regarded as the most spectacular of all the Greek Islands, itsmajestic cliffs rising vertically out of the sea. Postcard images of whitewashed churches against ablue sea and sky, volcanic black-sand beaches, ancient ruins, great wines and some of the world’smost fantastic sunsets are all on offer. This evening, enjoy an orientation walk around Fira Townbefore an optional sunset dinner on the volcanic caldera followed by some less hectic bar hopping,in this relaxed setting. On Day 6, there’s an optional excursion to the island’s top highlightsincluding the Monastery at Mount Profitis Ilias and the chance to taste wine, cheese and olives at alocal vineyard followed by a sunset picnic at the spectacular and romantic setting of Oia.Santorini / IosEnd your Greek Island adventure with a bang, as Ios is without a doubt the party capital withhundreds of bars packed into a small three-block radius and truckloads of beer imported daily! It’sa rare day when you see someone awake before midday (well, 2pm if we’re being honest). When youdo finally rise, there are plenty of beaches on which to laze in order to recharge your batteries.Milopotas offers everything you could want from a beach, including watersports such as sailing,canoeing and windsurfing and caters to a young, fun-loving party crowd.Ios / AthensWith some great memories of the trip, head back to Athens by ferry this morning where the tourcomes to an end on arrival.Please note this is a sample itinerary only, based on booking the ‘fixed’ itinerary. Those on the‘flexible’ tour can add as many extra nights as they wish on each island - you have all summer tocomplete the route! Both versions of the itinerary must be booked two weeks prior to departure.Return time for this trip varies depending on ferries. We recommend booking your onward travelfor after 12pm the following day.140 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


GREEK ISLAND HOPPINGAthens AthensFR$2,46513 DAYSHighlights• Discover the Plaka area in Athens• Chill on Mykonos’ sun-kissed beaches• Snorkel and swim in clear waters• Take in a spectacular Santorini sunset• Admire iconic white cube buildings• Dine like a local at a Greek taverna• Walk around the old city walls in Fira• Have an epic night out in MykonosDepartures 2015START FINISHApr 30 May 12May 06 May 18May 09 May 21May 12 May 24May 15 May 27May 18 May 30May 21 Jun 02May 24 Jun 05May 27 Jun 08May 30 Jun 11Jun 02 Jun 14Jun 05 Jun 17Jun 08 Jun 20Jun 11 Jun 23Jun 14 Jun 26Jun 17 Jun 29Jun 20 Jul 02START FINISHJun 23 Jul 05Jun 26 Jul 08Jun 29 Jul 11Jul 02 Jul 14Jul 05 Jul 17Jul 08 Jul 20Jul 11 Jul 23Jul 14 Jul 26Jul 17 Jul 29Jul 20 Aug 01Jul 23 Aug 04Jul 26 Aug 07Jul 29 Aug 10Aug 01 Aug 13Aug 04 Aug 16Aug 07 Aug 19Aug 10 Aug 22START FINISHAug 13 Aug 25Aug 16 Aug 28Aug 19 Aug 31Aug 22 Sep 03Aug 25 Sep 06Aug 28 Sep 09Aug 31 Sep 12Sep 03 Sep 15Sep 06 Sep 18Sep 09 Sep 21Sep 12 Sep 24Sep 15 Sep 27Sep 18 Sep 30Sep 21 Oct 03Sep 24 Oct 06Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Hotel (12nts) Transport: Ferry crossings Meals: 12breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: TripManager Notes: Hotel tips, local taxes andservice charges are included Tour Code:COBBGIAthens3Ios33Mykonos3SantoriniIf you were going to make a Greek Island your holiday destination, you’d be faced with thetough decision of which one to choose, so we’ve put together a holiday that combinesthree of the best! Over 13 days you’ll dance your way through Mykonos, Santorini and Ios,with plenty of time to shop, dine, relax or party. There’s also time for wining, dining andsightseeing in the capital, Athens, at the beginning and end of your island stay if you wish.The perfect combination of culture, relaxation and partying, Greek style! Travel to and fromAthens and between the islands is by public ferry service.DAY010203-0506-0809-111213ITINERARYSantoriniAthensCheck-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting cosy with mythological beauty Athens; acosmopolitan city crammed with ancient wonders and an urban soul. This afternoon, meet up withyour travel pals and tuck into a delicious Greek dinner at a local taverna. (D)AthensToday, you have the full day in Athens. Get the lowdown on the Parthenon and the Acropolis from alocal guide on an optional tour, highly recommended to get the insider knowledge on these historicspots. Then experience Athens’ cultural melting pot and wander its streets. Be sure to find a holein-the-wallfood joint in the neighbourhood of Plaka where you can try many Greek specialities fordinner this evening, such as lamb moussaka, souvlaki, grilled meats and freshly-drizzled salads oftomatoes, red onions and olives! (B)Athens / MykonosBoard the ferry and witness amazing views of the islands and the azure Aegean, as you make yourway to the beautiful, whitewashed vistas of Mykonos. Spend the next two days discovering if thestories behind Mykonos’ reputation for blissful beaches and party culture is true. In your free time,head into Mykonos Town and wander through the maze of tiny streets lined by sugarcube houses.Maybe grab a table in the village and snack on fresh local specialities, like olives, feta and tzatzikidip. On Day 5 be sure to check out party haven Paradise Beach on an optional day trip. Then unwindon the island’s world-famous beaches, wrapping it all up with a cocktail at one of Mykonos’ LittleVenice bars as you watch the sun go down. Heaven! (3B, D)Mykonos / SantoriniToday it’s a change of islands and a total change of scene. Santorini will make your jaw drop with itsstunning natural beauty – the result of a massive volcanic eruption. From the water, look up at theiconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches. Enjoy Day 7 and 8 getting familiar with the slow-pacedisland life. Head to Santorini’s highest point for full blown vistas over the crater then cool off witha swim stop at Perissa Beach. You could jump on an optional boat ride out to the active volcanicisland of Nea Kameni, where you’ll cruise past lava formations and get up close to the active crater.Or head to the northern tip of the island to catch one of its famously spectacular sunsets on the‘Oia at Sunset’ optional excursion. (3B, D)Santorini / IosAfter free time this morning, cruise on to Ios. Peaceful by day, pumping by night, Ios is the ultimateparty destination. Over Days 10 and 11, you can lounge about poolside before big nights out, whenIos’ villages come alive. Head to the small streets of Hora, packed with clubs, bars and pubs andlet loose to the pumping tunes. Otherwise, join the outdoor party in the squares and lanes. There’splenty of time during the day to recharge your batteries, perhaps with a visit to the fun-lovingbeach of Milopotas or the quieter option of Manganari, down on the island’s south coast. (3B, D)Ios / AthensWave goodbye to Ios and the dreamy Cycladic Islands and set sail back to mainland Greece,spending a final evening with your new friends in Athens. Make the most of your last night on tourand join the group for a mouth-watering local dinner. Later, head out to Athens’ up-and-comingdistrict of Psiri, buzzing with trendy bars and clubs. (B)AthensSadly, all good things come to an end and it’s time to say goodbye after breakfast on Day 13. (B)MEDITERRANEAN SAILING141


GREEK ISLAND & TURKEY SAILINGMEDITERRANEAN SAILINGXXXXXXXXXX sail away, sail awayCon Ship-borne por solenimus travel is a the voluptiorum mostfaceaqu affordable aectorum and exciting qui quibus way toressimo experience etus the ex Greek eumet Islands, ut abo. andUt this dolut fleet fugita of small, quias comfortable re con etetumquam, yachts is perfectly utem voluptaquia suited toconese the task. inctem Island fugit hopping velecest, in theconsequid Cyclades can millupt mean ationse combiningquasperuptus popular hot-spots ut ut like es ut Mykonos, utlicaborem Ios and Santorini adi te aut with ut smaller, volesciist,quassitatur out-of-the-way simus islands ime nem where quiament you’ll rerciis find traditional andunt, sinvendi villages, optaconsequam vibrant nightlife eos eos and nectat the freshest autfugit seafood volorit you’ve labor ever apictaturem tasted. aciiunt Neighbouring utem si derit Turkey faccat is alsoperfectly suited to a sailingholiday with its beautiful coastlineand natural geographic wonders.Perhaps rent a scooter to visitancient ruins, take a harbour strollor relax in a Turkish mud bath.Special offerapplies to allGreek / Turkishsailing trips shownon opposite page.WHAT’S LIFE LIKE AT SEA?SMALL GROUP SAILINGAll of the yachts used for the Greek Islandand Turkey Sailing have their own distinctcharacter, but have similar features includinginside living/dining space, open-air deck,fridges, showers, hot water and musicplayer. Despite rumours to the contrary,size most definitely is important, and whenit comes to sailing we believe small isbeautiful. The yachts are typically 12-15m(40-50ft) in length, and accommodate amaximum of eight guests in four or fivetwin-share cabins. There are typically threeshared bathrooms and showers on board.ITINERARIESWe know where the cruises need to startand where they need to finish… other thanthat, there’s no fixed route on these sailingadventures. Much depends on the interestsand wishes of the group, along with theexpert guidance of the yacht’s skipper.Please note the itinerary may need tochange due to inclement weather conditions.This decision will be made solely at theskipper’s discretion, based on the safety ofboth the group and the yacht.RELAXING NIGHTSBy night, the yachts anchor in the mostbeautiful bays and picturesque harbours.Sleep in your bunk or camp out on the deckunder a blanket of Mediterranean stars. Thechoice is yours.LEARN TO SAILWith just a skipper on board, there’s alwaysan opportunity to get involved if you’veever fancied yourself as a crew member.Earn your sea legs and pick up the basics ofsailing from the skipper, or just sit back andlet your shipmates take the wheel.MEALS & FOOD KITTYYou can’t beat the fresh produce servedin Greece or Turkey from locally caughtfish, grilled meats and healthy salads, andso meals aren’t included on these sailingholidays. You’ll be asked to contribute to alocally-payable food kitty (typically €50 on8-day trips or €75 on 10-day trips) , whichwill cover basic food items on board. Poolingyour cash is a great way to maximise yourtravel budget.142 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


FR$1,8498-10 DAYSSAILING OPTIONSThere are four principal options in thisregion of the Greek Islands. Choose onethat seems the most appealing to you,combine them together or pick a roundtrip option to focus just on one area.Whatever you choose, you are in for areal treat as you hop some of the world’smost beautiful islands.InclusionsAccommodation: Yachts, equipped with 4-5twin-share cabins, 3 showers/bathroomsTransport: 40-50 ft sailing yacht Meals:None included Budget: Allow EUR €140-245(8-day trips) or EUR €250-300 (10-day trips)for meals ashore not included Group Leader:Skipper/CEO (Chief Experience Officer) GroupSize: Max 8 Tour Code: See belowYou might likeCyclades IslandsWhy not combine the Northern & SouthernCyclades from Athens to Santorini (or v.v.)?15 Days GAGVAS/GAGVSA Fr $3,399AeginaHydraAthensMIRTOAN SEAKythnosSérifosKéaKimolosSEA OF CRETESífnosMílosNORTHERN CYCLADESSyrosFolegandrosÁndrosPárosAmorgósAthens Mykonos 8 DAYSPossible Island Visits: Aegina, Hydra, Kea, Kythnos, Serifos, Syros, MykonosStarting from Greece’s bustling capital city, this relaxing cruise may make ports of call intothe pistachio-producing island of Aegina, or glamorous car-free Hydra, where the main formof transport is a donkey! Then you set sail for beautiful Mykonos, as legendary now as it wasin the days of Zeus, and catering equally for history buffs and the fun-loving party crowd.TínosNorthern Cyclade: Athens MykonosSouthern Cyclades: Mykonos SantoriniSantorini SantoriniTour Code: GAGVAM (Athens-Mykonos) / GAGVMA (Mykonos-Athens)ÍosSantoriniMykonosNáxosIkaríaPátmosAstypáleaFR$1,849MEDITERRANEAN SAILINGSOUTHERN CYCLADESFR$1,849Mykonos Santorini 8 DAYSPossible Island Visits: Syros, Naxos, Paros, Antiparos, Sifnos, Ios, Hora, SantoriniFrom sophisticated Mykonos, this southern route has as its backdrop narrow pathways linedwith flowers, seaside towns with sugarcube houses and impossibly clear waters perfect fora refreshing dip. Island visits could include laid-back Paros, verdant Naxos and the partycapital of Ios, before winding up amidst the volcanic beauty of Santorini.Tour Code: GAGVMS (Mykonos-Santorini) / GAGVSM (Santorini-Mykonos)SANTORINI TO SANTORINIFR$2,399Santorini Santorini 10 DAYSBodrumDatçaBozburunMEDITERRANEANSEATurkey Sailing: FethiyeTURKEYMarmarisDalyanGöcekBodrumFethiyePossible Island Visits: Ios, Naxos, Mykonos, Syros, Paros, Sifnos, Folegandros, SantoriniIf you’d like to explore the dramatic volcanic surroundings of Santorini, considered by manyto be the most beautiful of all the Greek Islands, this in-depth itinerary might be for you.Step back in time on little-visited islands such as Sifnos and Folegandros, and party the nightaway with a stylish crowd on Mykonos and Ios.Tour Code: GAGVSS (Santorini-Santorini)SAILING TURKEYFethiye Bodrum 10 DAYSPossible Resort Visits: Fethiye, Dalyan, Knidos, Datça, BodrumEnjoy a beautiful coastlines and natural geographic wonders on this sailing adventure alongthe stunning Turkish Riviera. Discover many off-the-beaten-path treasures, tiny villages andwonderful secluded islands. Snorkel, swim in clear blue turquoise waters, relax in mud baths,learn to sail a catamaran, hike through ancient ruins and enjoy Turkey’s stunning beaches.Tour Code: GAETVF (Fethiye-Bodrum), GAETVB (Bodrum-Fethiye)FR$2,499143


MEDITERRANEAN SAILINGSAIL TURKEYFethiye FethiyeHighlights• Sail aboard a traditional Turkish gulet• Daily swimming in secluded bays• Stroll the perfect beach at Ölü Deniz• Explore the ‘sunken’ ruins of Kekova• Enjoy amazing fresh food throughout• Browse the boutique shops in Kas• Party like a pirate at Smugglers’ Cove• Discover the cobbled streets of KalkanDepartures 2015START FINISH START FINISHMay 02 May 09 Jul 04 Jul 11May 09 May 16 Jul 11 Jul 18May 16 May 23 Jul 18 Jul 25May 23 May 30 Jul 25 Aug 01May 30 Jun 06 Aug 01 Aug 08Jun 06 Jun 13 Aug 08 Aug 15Jun 13 Jun 20 Aug 15 Aug 22Jun 20 Jun 27 Aug 22 Aug 29Jun 27 Jul 04 Aug 29 Sep 05InclusionsSTART FINISHSep 05 Sep 12Sep 12 Sep 19Sep 19 Sep 26Sep 26 Oct 03Oct 03 Oct 10Oct 10 Oct 17Oct 17 Oct 24Trip Style: Service Level: Basic Age Group:Min 18 Accommodation: Triple/double/twinen-suite cabins (allocated on arrival) (7 nts)Transport: Turkish gulet Meals: 7 breakfasts,6 lunches, 7 dinners Group Leader: Skipper& gulet crew Group Size: Max 18 Notes:Includes afternoon tea/coffee, use of snorkels,masks, flippers, fishing lines and board gameson the gulet Tour Code: BUYou might likeTURKEYFethiye1SamanlikSmugglers Cove1St Nicholas Island1Gokkaya11Kalkan Kas1 1Explore TurkeyAegean Adventure(8 days, Istanbul to Fethiye)(BU) see page 107 Fr $1,095Cappadocia Adventure(7 days, Fethiye to Istanbul)(BU) see page 107 Fr $945DAY0102030405060708ITINERARYFR$6898 DAYSSet sail along Turkey’s magnificent Turquoise Coast aboard a traditional gulet. It’s pureescapism, the ultimate in relaxation. Swim every day in crystal-clear azure waters, visitancient ruins and ‘sunken’ cities, party on island hideaways and lap up the attention andgenuine hospitality of the gulet crew as they prepare for you the freshest, tastiest food.And then there are the sunsets, all conceivable hues of purple, orange and red. Throw insome new-found friends, the odd cocktail and the option to sleep on deck, and you haveyourself a cruise to remember.Fethiye / Samanlik BayMake your own way to the very Turkish-flavoured town of Fethiye, and set sail out of its busy littleharbour with time for swimming around the 12 Islands before dinner. This evening is your chance toget to know your fellow sailors over a few drinks as the sun goes down. (D)Samanlik Bay / St. Nicholas IslandFind a secluded bay in which to enjoy breakfast, which typically comprises fresh fruits, omelettes,cheese, succulent tomatoes and flavoursome olives. Head first to Butterfly Valley, before a swim inthe Blue Lagoon of Ölü Deniz. This perfect spit of sandy beach is one of the most iconic images ofTurkey, look out for the handgliders overhead! Tonight, stay near St. Nicholas Island, where you canexplore the ruins of an old Byzantine settlement before dinner on board. (B, L, D)St. Nicholas Island / KasDepart at sunrise to Yesilkoy for breakfast and an energising swim in a quiet bay surrounded byolive groves. Sail on to Kas, a gorgeous little town with pebble beaches and traditional antiques andjewellery shops just begging you to browse around. You should be well into the whole relaxationroutine by now, so you’ll probably welcome another swim before dinner in Limanagzi Bay. (B, L, D)Kas / Smugglers’ CoveToday, visit Simena, a traditional fishing village where no cars can get to, and see its impressivecastle overlooking the bay. Enjoy a lunch on the gulet of fresh Turkish salads and grilled kebabsdrizzled with olive oil and lemon juice – who says healthy can’t also be delicious? The naturalamphitheatre of Uçagiz Bay, with its Lycian tombs, is a perfect mooring point to catch a fierysunset, and tonight you can party on the pirate island of Smugglers’ Cove. (B, L, D)Smugglers’ Cove / GokkayaTake the pace down a notch or two today, swim or snorkel around the pirates’ cave this morning,before stopping to explore the ruins of the ‘sunken city’ of Kekova, before arriving to the wide baynear Gokkaya. Here, you’ll have a chance to experience all manner of watersports and soak up somerays before mooring in Snail’s Valley, hidden out of sight and with fantastic sunsets. (B, L, D)Gokkaya / KalkanEnjoy a short cruise to Bayindir Limani for a swim, before sailing to the picturesque town of Kalkan,where you can explore the cobbled streets and perhaps indulge in some made-to-measure clotheswhich the local tailors can make for you on the spot. You’ll have most of the day in Kalkan, soperhaps take an optional trip to the 20km-long beach at nearby Patara? Enjoy another deliciousdinner on board tonight with plentiful mezes, fresh fish, chicken, meatballs, grilled veggies andtraditional Turkish bread. (B, L, D)Kalkan / FethiyeAfter an early start, drop anchor at Camli Barun, a sheltered bay surrounded by pine-clad ridges,then sail on to Batikkaya Bay for sunbathing and swimming. The last night is spent back at the portin Fethiye, where after dinner you can jump onto dry land to explore the local nightlife. (B, L, D)FethiyeThe crew will serve one last breakfast this morning, with disembarkation normally around 9am. (B)144 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


TURKISH SAILINGBodrum BodrumFR$6198 DAYSHighlights• Relax, chill and sunbathe on deck• Swim and snorkel the clear waters• Eat healthy, delicous and fresh food• Explore Bodrum’s whitewashed streets• Stroll through fragrant pine forests• Enjoy the lively nightlife of Marmaris• Optional trip to Dalyan’s mud baths• Sleep out on deck under the starsDepartures 2015START FINISHMay 02 May 09May 09 May 16May 16 May 23May 23 May 30May 30 Jun 06Jun 06 Jun 13Jun 13 Jun 20START FINISHJun 20 Jun 27Jun 27 Jul 04Jul 04 Jul 11Jul 11 Jul 18Jul 18 Jul 25Jul 25 Aug 01Aug 01 Aug 08START FINISHAug 08 Aug 15Aug 15 Aug 22Aug 22 Aug 29Aug 29 Sep 05Sep 05 Sep 12Sep 12 Sep 19Sep 19 Sep 26MEDITERRANEAN SAILINGInclusionsService Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: TraditionalTurkish gulet (two-person cabin with ensuitefacilities) - single cabins available at asupplement. Note that many cabins havedouble beds and many guests choose to sleepon deck under the stars! Transport: Turkishgulet Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinnersGroup Leader: Captain and Crew Group Size:Boats typically accommodate 16 travellers TourCode: COBBTSPabucburnuBodrumCokertme211GULF OF GOKOVATURKEYKaracasogutBallisu EnglishHarbourKisebukuPack lightly for this informal week spent cruising the rocky coastline of Turkey aboard atraditionally-crafted wooden gulet cruiser. The keyword here is relaxed - you won’t needendless changes of clothes to dress for formal captain’s dinners and you won’t find anycheesy cruise-ship style entertainment. Just stuff your bikinis, sun cream and Havaiianasinto your bag and you’re ready for a chilled-out week of swimming, snorkelling and exploringthis little corner of paradise. Lively nights out are on offer in Bodrum and Marmaris, butotherwise this is all about relaxation, delicious home-cooked food and good times.DAY0102030405060708ITINERARYBodrumOn arrival into Bodrum, make your own way to the port to board your traditional, Turkish-stylewooden gulet, which will be your home for the next seven nights. With the harbour as your backdrop,meet your friendly crew and fellow travellers over dinner, watch the sunset and let the good timesbegin. Bodrum’s nighlife scene is pretty happening, so if you’re up for some group bonding then headout and explore the city after dark. (D)Bodrum / Orak Island / CokertmeSet sail for sleepy Orak Island and take an opportunity to dive into the crystal-blue waters for whatwill surely be the first of many refreshing swims over the week ahead. Enjoy a tasty lunch preparedby your gulet crew, then take in the incredible coastline as you sail to Cokertme. This little fishingtown is perfect for exploring or meeting the locals before dinner served overlooking the bay. (B, L, D)Cokertme / Seven Islands / English HarbourIf you’re up early enough, check out the sunrise en route to Seven Islands, an archipelago famousfor its dotted landscape. After breakfast, enjoy swim stops at Kufre Bay and Uzun Liman (Long Port),shake off your sea legs with a stroll through the forest, play board games on deck with your fellowsailors or sit back and bask in the sunshine. Later, cruise to English Harbour which presents a greatplace to moor up for an overnight stay. (B, L, D)English Harbour / KaracasogutExplorers could opt to visit the pretty and laid-back resort of Dalyan, where you can try to spotturtles on the aptly-named Turtle Beach or experience one of the famous mud baths. Either way, it’sa very worthwhile excursion. After dropping anchor to get your fix of swimming and snorkelling, sailon to Karacasogut, from where you could head into the popular beach town of Marmaris, known forits great shopping, cool cafés and lively nightlife. (B, L, D)Karacasogut / Cleopatra Island / BallisuLeaving behind the delights of Karacasogut, head for Cleopatra Island, a little slice of paradise withits small beach, white sand and clear waters. With its legendary stories, it can feel more like an openairmuseum. Afterwards, there’s plenty of time for more fun in the sun at Ballisu, followed by anotherdelicious, freshly-prepared dinner and another jaw-dropping sunset. (B, L, D)Ballisu / Kargili / Kisebuku / PabucburnuCatch some rays on deck this morning before heading over to Kargili Bay for some swim and chilltime. Later, it’s time to get a culture fix as you explore and learn about the ancient Byzantine ruins ofKisebuku. Suitably enlightened, you can feel way less guilty about another night spent on board thegulet enjoying a well-deserved dinner and some locally-produced wine or Turkish beers. (B, L, D)Pabucburnu / Yaliciftlik / BodrumDiscover Pabucburnu and Yaliciftlik Bay, or head onto land to experience vibrant local life in thevillage on an optional guided tour. This afternoon, capture the last of the coastline views as youcruise back to Bodrum for a last night out with the group. (B, L, D)BodrumThe trip ends after breakfast when it’s time to swap your contact details and say goodbye to yourtravel buddies. (B)1 1 1 145


ENCHANTING BLUECRUISE FROM MARMARISSAIL AWAY FROMFR$530 BODRUMFR$530Marmaris Marmaris 8 DAYS Bodrum Bodrum8 DAYSMEDITERRANEAN SAILINGHighlights• Sail on board a traditional wooden gulet• See the ancient Lycian rock tombs• Island hop your way around 12 stunning islandsHighlights• Explore Cleopatra Beach made entirely of sea shells• Visit seven stunning islands off the coast of Bodrum• Enjoy fresher than fresh fresh seafood – try catching it yourself!DAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-020304-050607-08Marmaris / EkincikBoard the gulet at around 5pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and tastydinner and get to know your new crew mates. The following morning,cruise to Ekincik and the beautiful beach of Izturu, famous for itsCarette sea turtles. The ancient city of Caunos is close by where youcan take a boat trip up the Dalyan River, passing Lycian rock tombson the way to the sulphurous mud baths and hot springs. (B, L, 2D)Ekincik / Kleopatra & Hamam BaysCruise to Aga Liman for a swim stop and then head to Manastir Baybefore mooring in the area of Kleopatra and Hamam Bays for thenight. (B, L, D)Kleopatra & Hamam Bays / Goçek / Gemiler IslandIsland hop from the lovely Gulf of Tersane to Yassica Island beforeyour overnight stop in Goçek. Day 5, disembark in Fethiye, whereyou can walk to the Lycian rock tombs from the ancient city ofTelmessos. After lunch you’ll cruise to Ölü Deniz. Enjoy an afternoonof swimming and tanning before cruising to Gemiler Island. (2B, 2L,2D)Gemiler Island / EkincikTake an enchanting cruise to Disibilmez and Baba Islands before youreturn to the region of Ekincik. (B, L, D)Ekincik / MarmarisCruise to Iceada Cebekilise, heading through Turunç for a swimstopin either Kadirga or Kumlubuk. Arrive in Marmaris late thatafternoon for your last night. The cruise ends after breakfast onDay 8. (2B, L, D)01-020304050607-08Bodrum / Orak IslandBoard your gulet at around 5pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and tastydinner as you get to know your new shipmates. After breakfast onDay 2, you’ll sail to Kara Ada (Black Island) for lunch before cruisingto your overnight stop at Orak Island. (B, L, 2D)Orak Island / KufreIt’s an early start as you cruise to Yedi Adalar (Seven Islands).Spend the day surrounded by these goregous islands soaking up thesunshine and jumping in the warm waters for a swim before arrivingin Kufre. (B, L, D)Kufre / Ingiliz LimanAfter a tasty breakfast, set off for Longoz. There are a number ofhidden inlets you can explore before cruising onto tonight’s serenelocation in Ingiliz Liman (English Bay). (B, L, D)Ingiliz Liman / KaracasogutYour gulet sails to Sedri Adasi (Cleopatra Island) so prepare for oneof the most spectacular beaches in the world - entirely made upof seashells. Spend the afternoon sailing to Karacasogut for yourovernight stop. (B, L, D)Karacasogut / TuzlaCruise to Balisu for lunch with another stunning view of azure seas.This afternoon sail to Tuzla, where you’ll stay the night. (B, L, D)Tuzla / BodrumEnjoy an early morning sail to Cokertme before heading to yourlunch stop in Kizilliman. In the afternoon head back to Bodrum fora final chance to hit the bars and your last night at sea. On Day 8,your sea voyage comes to an end after breakfast. (2B, L, D)InclusionsAccommodation: Gulet accommodation inshared cabins (7 nts) Transport: GuletMeals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners andsome snacks Group Leader: Boat captain andEnglish-speaking guide Tour Code: XZFENCTURKEYDepartures 2015 Marmaris Ekincik Departures 2015MayJunJulAugSepOct22InclusionsAccommodation: Gulet accommodation inshared cabins (7 nts) Transport: Gulet Meals:7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners GroupLeader: Boat captain and English-speakingguide Tour Code: BXNSAIMayJunJulAugSepOctTURKEYAEGEAN SEABodrum2Gokova02 01 04 01 05 0304 06 06 03 07 0509 08 11 08 12 1011 13 13 10 14 1216 15 18 15 1918 20 20 17 2123 22 25 22 2625 27 27 24 2830 29 2931712 IslandsMEDITERRANEAN SEAFethiye02 01 04 01 05 0304 06 06 03 07 0509 08 11 08 12 1011 13 13 10 14 1216 15 18 15 1918 20 20 17 2123 22 25 22 2625 27 27 24 2830 29 29317 Islands7MEDITERRANEAN SEA146VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CITIESCITIESFrom the ancient classics of Athens and Rome,to the newly released Eurovision stars of theBalkan states, nowhere inspires a cultural/boozy/Bridget Jones (delete as appropriate)mini break like Europe’s cities, each hostingits own collection of historic riches, cuttingedge,creative neighbourhoods and fiercelyindependent civic pride. Take your pick from acontinental tapestry of diverse urban icons. Flyto the continent’s edge on a far-flung jaunt toIstanbul or Reykjavik, head into the party-hardhipster haunts of Berlin or Barcelona or whileaway a weekend of romance in the haughtydrama queens of Paris, London or Venice.However you opt to spend your stay - handsin the air in a hostel bar, holed up in an A-listhotel or out and about in socks and sandals(it’s Europe, don’t sweat it) – all of our citypackages are tailor-made. We’ve put togetherinsider ideas for some of our favourite spotsbut hey, what do we know (see earlier sandalscomment) so feel free to mix things up – pickingfrom hostels or hotels, adding in transfers,and swapping in day trips and travel passes tosave Euros and make friends with locals.


LONDONSTA Travel store, pop in andbook any last minute tripsor accommodationHAMPSTEADA hotspot for hipsters, check outHoxton’s street art, Brick Lane’svintage shops & a buzzing barscene. Neighbouring Hackneyhas fab parks & properEast End boozerswith live music.CITIESheathrowAIRPORT: 24KMNOTTING HILLKENSINGTONFinchley RdAbbey Rd114A trendy area & home to the infamousNotting Hill Carnival. Portobello Marketis an absolute must-visit.8 6ROYAL ALBERT HALLHYDE PARK7 10 9 SCIENCE MUSEUMVICTORIA ANDALBERT MUSEUMNATURALHISTORYMUSEUM HARRODSCHELSEAbatterseaREGENTS PARKMADAMETUSSAUDSLONDONKNIGHTSBRIDGEBATTERSEAPARKmayfairOxford StTHE NATIONALGALLERYBUCKINGHAMPALACECLAPHAMCOMMONCAMDENEuston RdBLOOMSBURYSohoKINGS CROSSST. PANCRASSTATIONTRAFALGARSQUAREWESTMINSTERvauxhallTHE BRITISHMUSEUMcoventgardenFESTIVAL HALLLONDON EYEWESTMINSTERPALACE & BIG BENTATE BRITAINClapham Rd2Vauxhall BridgeST. PAUL'SCATHEDRALHOLBORNISLINGTONLocated next to vibrantChinatown, cosmopolitanSoho has it all; edgyboutiques, bars & a thrivinggay scene.53TATEMODERNIMPERIALWAR MUSEUMBRIXTONSHOREDITCHSPITALFIELDSMARKETCITY OF LONDON1southbankSOUTHWARK12HOXTON SQUARETHE SHARDHACKNEYBrick LnTOWER OFLONDONTOWER BRIDGEEAST LONDONStroll riverside, takingin the London Eye,Royal Festival Hall& London’s tallestbuilding; the Shard.Ascend for 10/10views, then scoffyourself silly withartisan treats fromBorough Market.VICTORIAPARKMile End RdQUEEN ELIZABETHOLYMPIC PARKCommercial RdCANARY WHARFDOCKLANDSRIVER THAMESNATIONALMARITIMEMUSEUMROYALOBSERVATORY02 ARENAGREENWICHPARKGREENWICHWATCH OUR LATESTBRITISH ADVENTURESYoutube.com/statravel#wildcardukSoulful cool kid Brixton haspersonality in spades. Foodies willlove Brixton Market’s independenteateries. Quirky bars & top musicvenues also make this a tube ride wellworth making.gatwick AIRPORT: 39KM


LONDONMind the gapQuick sarcasm, cockney slang, BigBen, the Royal family, a lot of pubsand even more tea. That’s Londonbaby! Act the tourist, ticking offhistoric landmarks and diving intoEnglish boozers for a pint, pubgrub or bag of pork scratchings.Walk it off through the RoyalParks, or amble through thetatty but achingly cool East End.Swap galleries for the street art,vintage and vinyl of multi-culturalBrick Lane before drinking withShoreditch’s beardy hipsters.CITIESinsider72 HOURS in londonFR$299Proudly, London is the most international city in the world. Whilst fiercely independentand insanely busy, loyal Londoners (encompassing pretty much every nationality andculture going) are super welcoming and accepting. So, as long as you adhere to thecorrect tube escalator etiquette (right side standing, left side impatient walking andtutting), becoming a temporary Londoner is easy. However, not having an inner-citymeltdown in the overflowing pot of historic landmarks, iconic neighbourhoods or indeedthe tube itself, is less easy. So, keep calm, carry on, and follow this. Arm yourself with ahop-on hop-off pass (big red bus, tick) and a London Pass for legitimate queue jumpinginto landmarks including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Kensington Palace.When you need a breather, duck into Hyde Park or head along the Thames to HamptonCourt. Finally, be sure to also hit the local hoods - diving into seedy Soho haunts, gettinghighbrow on the South Bank, or bearded and jaded in hipstery Shoreditch and Hoxton.inclusions• 2 nights @ Generator Hostel (dorm)• 2 day London Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass(see page152)• 2 day London Pass (see page 152)• Our city packages are all tailor made. Tocreate your perfect 72 hours, ask about:• Upgrading your accommodation• Swapping any of the included tours with:Street Art London Tour (see page152)History of Drinking Tour (see page152)• Adding return airport transfers fr $84CITY TRANSFERSUKFR$42 B&B FREEDOMFR$73ACCOMMODATION PASSPER NIGHTPER WAYTravel to and from London’s Heathrow airport with no waitingaround or having to haul your luggage up those escalators! Thesebeauties meet and greet you at the airport, then drop you off atyour hotel door. Choose between a private vehicle or a shared ride.The latter option is cheaper than getting the train from Heathrowinto the city and then taking a cab to your hotel. A totalno-brainer! Simples!Departs: Daily Meals: No meals included Transport: Choice of private or sharedvehicle Tour Code: LONHTFThe ultimate in flexibility, this B&B pass allows you to choose frommore than 500 properties throughout Britain. From small familyhomes to large country houses, you can guarantee every propertyoffers excellent service, is unique and includes a classic full Englishbreakfast. Choose your category (from bronze to gold) based onthe location and standard of accommodation you want. Aboveprice is based on bronze, twin share per night.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of 500+ bronze to gold standardproperties, most with en suite Meals: Full English breakfast included(Continental only at some London properties) Tour Code: LONBAB149


shoestring GlamPACKER1 2ST CHRISTOPHER’S @ THE VILLAGELONDON BRIDGEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• The basement Dugout sports bar serves up top food and tunes• Minutes from Borough Market, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London• Free breakfast, Wi-Fi, lockers, walking tour and fresh bed linenFR FR$34 DORMGENERATOR$45FR FR$61 TWIN/DOUBLE HOSTEL$88PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Get sociable at the Generator bar and chill-out areas• Relax with a movie in the cinema and screening room• A mix of dorms and private doubles, triples and quadsDORMTWINCITIESWith Belushi’s bar and diner, a sports bar, on-site cinema andcomedy club, chill-out room and rooftop terrace, St Christopher’s@ The Village is a destination in itself. The location is alsounbeatable, within walking distance of the Tate Modern Galleryand Southbank. Reception is open 24/7.Free Wi-FiRenowned for its ultra-cool decor and awesome location, basedat Russell Square in the heart of the West End, Generator boastsfab facilities. These include renovated rooms and dorms, 24-hourreception and laundry, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, a late-night bar and afabulous dining area as well as power showers and a luggage store.Free Wi-Fi25% OFF ALL FOOD AT BELUSHI’S BARLONCPRBOOK BY 31OCT15 & STAY 3 NIGHTS FOR 20% DISCOUNT - 01JAN15-31OCT15LONGNRGlamPACKERrock solid3 4CLINK HOSTELS(CLINK78 & CLINK261)PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• All-you-can-eat-breakfast, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception• Rock the Clashbar seven nights a week• Mixture of dorms and private rooms, with or without bathroomsFR FR$39 DORMQUEEN’S PARK$155FR FR$74 TWINHOTEL$77PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Just minutes from trendy Notting Hill and Oxford Street• A short stroll from three tube stations!• Tuck into the tasty, hot buffet brekkie served at The TerraceSINGLEDOUBLEClink is a family-run group of stylish and comfortable hostelscentrally located in King’s Cross. Clink261 offers a cosy andintimate atmosphere, while Clink78 is set in a former courthousecombining 200 years of history with a quirky and modern interior,including renovated prison cells. Judge for yourself!BOOK BY 28FEB15 & STAY 4 PAY 3 -01JAN15-30APR15(EXCLUDES CERTAIN DATES & DORMS)GlamPACKERFree Wi-FiLONCLI/LONASHA stone’s throw from Hyde Park, this central, friendly hotel isunbeatable in terms of location and an ideal base for those lookingto explore London’s sights. Its cosy, en suite rooms all come withflatscreen TVs and complimentary toiletries. Need the net? Noworries, Wi-Fi is available at a small extra cost.rock solidLONQUEFR$1705 6TUNE HOTELKINGS CROSSPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT• Conveniently located at King’s Cross• Grab a latte in the coffee shop• Great budget option - only pay for what you needFR$86SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEROYALEAGLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTFR$XXFR$XX• A tranquil haven, offering the perfect respite from the busy city• Close to art galleries, museums and London’s buzzing nightlife• Warm hospitality ensures you are always looked afterSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThis basic but clean and smart hotel is right next to King’s Crossstation so if you’re set on seeing the sights without breaking thebank, this is for you. Pay only for what you need - Wi-Fi, in roomTVs and towel rental are available for an additonal supplement onarrival but we’ve thrown them in free for you!Free Wi-FiSteps from London’s Paddington Station, the Royal Eagle is in aprime location for anyone arriving by Heathrow Express. Simple yetgood value, this small hotel offers continental breakfast, Wi-Fi anda wide choice of room configurations. Step outside and there areplenty of cheap, low-key eateries to choose from.Free Wi-FiFREE TOWELS, WI-FI, TOILETRIES & HAIRDRYERTLONTULONROY150


ROCK SOLIDa-list7 8RUSHMOREPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Unique, attractively decorated rooms• Free Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception• Superb location with Earl’s Court tube a two-minute walk awayFR FR$163 SINGLETHE$243FR FR$116 TWIN/DOUBLE CAESAR$132PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Cosy rooms in a classy boutique hotel• Try some scrumptious food in the Spanish restaurant• Fantastic facilities such as a gym and saunaSINGLEDOUBLEIdeally located for shopping and sightseeing, this charmingVictorian townhouse has 22 individually-designed rooms. Eachhas a private bathroom, hairdryer, phone, LCD TV, free Wi-Fi andcomplimentary tea and coffee. Continental breakfast is served inthe bright conservatory.Free Wi-FiLONRUSA boutique hotel oozing class and luxury, located in the centreof London. The Caesar is just a few minutes from Hyde Park andaccessible on foot from Oxford Street. Enjoy dinner in the Spanishrestaurant, work up a sweat at the onsite gym and sauna, thenrelax in the hotel’s cosy rooms all finished with luxury amenities.Free Wi-FiELONCSCITIESROCK SOLID rock solid9 10AMBASSADORSPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Situated in the fashionable Kensington and Chelsea area• It’s all elegance and refinery at Ambassadors• Within walking distance of many parks and museumsFR FR$156 SINGLETHE NADLER$210FR FR$88 TWIN/DOUBLE KENSINGTON$125PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHTSINGLEDOUBLE• All rooms come with a mini-kitchen. Ideal for those on a budget• Fab location; close to the Royal Albert Hall and the city’s museums• Choose from luxury bunks, single, twin or double roomsA five-minute walk from Earls Court, Ambassadors is only a shortdistance from the world-renowned Harrods and the shops ofKnightsbridge and Sloane Square. All 140 of its rooms are en suiteand come equipped with hairdryer, Wi-Fi and tea and coffeemakingfacilities. This is a good solid three-star choice.Free Wi-FiBased in swanky South Kensington, within easy reach of the city’smain attractions, this recently-refurbished hotel offers great valuefor money. All its rooms come with air con, free Wi-Fi, oversizedshowers and mini-kitchens equipped with microwave, fridge, kettleand sink - perfect for rustling up a snack when hunger strikes!Free Wi-FiLONAMBSTAY 3 NIGHTS 01JAN15 - 28FEB15 & RECEIVE 30% DISCOUNTLONNADapartmenta-list11 12HYDE PARKEXECUTIVE APARTMENTSPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT• Enjoy city life from stylish, contemporary apartments• Take a walk in London’s most famous park, just a stone’s throw away• Indulge in its swish facilitiesFRACE HOTEL$677FR FR$164 LONDON SHOREDITCH$339SINGLE1 BED APT DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• In the heart of trendy Shoreditch; London’s creative district• Look sharp and hit the gym or relax weary limbs in the sauna• Chow down on seasonal English fare in modernist brasserie Hoi PolloiLocated on the north side of Hyde Park, these elegantlyrefurbished one-bed apartments are close to a range of publictransport options making for easy access around the city. Theaprtments have it all, including plasma screeen TVs, modern Italiankitchenettes and oak wooden flooring.Free Wi-FiELONHPVintage furniture, original artwork, Revo radios and customA.P.C. quilts - where else could this hotel be than too-cool-forschoolShoreditch? When you’re not hitting the area’s hip bars,restaurants and boutiques, check out an exhibit in the galleryspace or grab a perfectly-brewed coffee from Bulldog Edition cafe.Free Wi-FiELONAS151


LONDON HOP-ON HOP-OFF& MADAME TUSSAUDSFR$107FULL DAYSTREET ARTLONDONFR$42HALF DAYLONDONUNDERGROUND TOURFR$52HALF DAYCITIESEnjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Big Smoke’smost famous sights from BuckinghamPalace to Trafalgar Square atop a rooflessdouble decker bus. Then, come face toface with your fave celebrities at Londoninstitution, Madame Tussauds. Add in a freeboat ride down the Thames and a walkingtour and you’ve got a cracking combo.Pound the capital’s pavements and marvelat the work of world-famous street artists.This half-day tour showcases the evolutionof street and graffiti art, from Banksyto Space Invader. There’s even stops atgalleries along the way. See three storeyhighwork, 3D art and a full range of streetart media, from Fimo to laser-cut wood.Explore 150 years of history in thistwo-hour tour, packed with extraordinarystories about the Tube’s design, itsconstruction and the proposed ‘VikingLine’. See if you can spot the ghost stationat the British Museum from the train! Theperfect outing for a cold day because it’salways warmer on the Underground.LONHOMLONSATLONLUTTHE LONDONPASSFR$991-6 DAYSLONDONHOP-ON HOP-OFFFR$571-2 DAYSWINDSOR, BATH& STONEHENGEFR$176FULL DAYFirst time in London? Second or third timeeven? Then purchase a one, two, threeor six-day pass and get free entranceinto over 60 of London’s most famousattractions, museums and historicalbuildings. You’ll also get to avoid thequeues and be privy to special discounts atrestaurants, theatres and shops.Explore London in all its grandeur from aroofless double-decker bus as you windyour way through the historic streets.Choose from either a one or two-day passand hit all the capital’s top spots at yourown pace whilst listening to tales from yourentertaining guide. Make the tour trulyyour own without fighting the crowds.Explore Windsor Castle, the officialresidence of The Queen, before movingon to discover the ancient monumentof Stonehenge. Then, it’s off to admirecharming Bath, once the playgroundof 18th Century aristocrats and stilla stunning city. All in all, a fascinatingglimpse into England’s exciting history.LONLONLONHOPLONWBSWARNER BROS.STUDIO TOUR LONDONFR$105HALF DAYHISTORYOF DRINKINGFR$52HALF DAYSMALL CARBIG CITYFR$2081 HOUR - FULL DAYStep on to authentic sets, discover themagic behind spellbinding special effectsand explore the behind-the-scenes secretsof the ‘Harry Potter’ film series. Tread theoriginal stone floor of the iconic HogwartsGreat Hall, encounter animatronic creaturesand wander down Diagon Alley. Includesreturn transport.Ever wondered why Brits love a good pub?Serving up four infamous drinks in fourhistoric pubs, explore the fascinating,often controversial and always hilarioushistory of Britain’s love affair with booze.Don’t miss out on a visit to a gin palaceand London’s oldest pub. Plus, learn thedifference between inns, taverns and pubs.See London in quintessential British style. Afleet of classic Mini Coopers await to takeyou on a guided tour of the capital. Touroptions include: A Bridge Too Far (classicsightseeing), A-List (West End and Mayfair),Great Escape (the full monty), Italian Job(you’ve seen the film right?) and RomanticTour (fizz and choccies).LONWARLONDRILONALI152


EDINBURGHcastles, comedy & cÉilidhOne of Europe’s most beautifulcities, Edinburgh also plays host tothe infamous Fringe Festival everyAugust. With fireworks exploding,music thumping and spirits high,become immersed in exhilaratingcelebrations where the streetscome alive with theatre, dance,cabaret and comedy. Take in thecity views from the historic castle,stroll down the Royal Mile to visitHolyrood Palace, or time your tripfor Hogmanay. This is one citythat knows how to party!CITIES48 HOURS in edinburghFR$96The inspiration for Jekyll and Hyde,this is a city of two halves. Delveinto gothic secrets and sinistertales on a Royal Mile tour, beforeholing up in a historic Grassmarketdrinking den with the bawdyghosts of Scotland’s good, greatand debauched. Next day, strollthe porticoed galleries of the calmneo-classical New Town and sipcocktails in urban speakeasies.inclusions• 1 night @ Smart City Hostel (dorm)• Secrets of the Royal Mile & EdinburghCastle half day tourSMART CITYHOSTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSmart City Hostel redefines the hostelexperience! Just off the Royal Mile, you’llfind dorms and private rooms all withen suites and up-to-date facilities. Relaxwith a drink in Bar 50 which serves uptasty food 8am ‘til late daily. With a 24-hour reception and free lockers, it’s theperfect base for exploring the city.glampacker glampackerFRTUNE$108FR FR$49 DORMHAYMARKET $54Free Wi-FiEDISCHPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHTWith a contemporary feel yet still retainingtraditional Scottish charm, Tune offersno frills double and twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms just opposite Haymarketstation. You only pay for what you needso towel rental and toiletries,TV, Wi-Fi,hairdryer and safe are all optional extrasbut we’ve thrown most in for free for you!FREE TOWELS, WI-FI, HAIRDRYER & TOILETRIESSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEFree Wi-FiTEDITHa-listTHEGRASSMARKETPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHTFR$89FR$65SINGLEDOUBLELocated in Edinburgh’s old town with pubs,clubs and restaurants just a stone’s throwaway, The Grassmarket offers modern,stylish rooms with a quirky twist. Funky,comic strip-lined rooms come with iPoddocks, plasma screen TVs, board gamesand en suites with rain showers. Go on -treat yourself!LOCH NESSHUNTERExplore some of Scotland’s most iconicsites like dramatic Glencoe, mighty BenNevis and the infamous Loch Ness. Seekout the real Scotland on this highland fling.After a scenic drive, cruise the legendaryLoch (optional add-on) keeping youreyes peeled for Nessie, before a picturesnappingride back to Edinburgh.FR FR$93 WHISKY$83FULL DAY & WATERFALLSFULL DAYExplore some of Scotland’s most iconicsights and landscapes, including TheWallace Monument in the ancient capitalof Stirling and drive through the scenicbeauty of the Trossachs. Stop for lunch atThe Famous Grouse Experience distillery,before heading to the Hermitage for a weewoodland walk.Free Wi-FiEDIGRAEDILNHEDIHTH153


DUBLINCITIESnights of the temple barDid you know that ten millionglasses of the ‘black stuff’(Guinness) are produced daily allover the world? If this is anythingto go by, the best way to getstuck into the craic and minglewith true Dubliners is to hit thelocal drinking hole for a pint. Justdon’t let a hangover stop you fromseeing Wall of Fame, the historicalBermingham Tower and eclecticmarkets. Or, if you can face it,take a ‘hair of the dog’ at theGuinness Storehouse.48 HOURS in dublinFR$62glampackershoestringWith more personality and wit thanany city in the world, good-naturedDublin will ‘craic’ the steeliest of hearts.With over 1000 pubs, start on thewagon (well, it’s actually a bus) hoppingbetween landmarks. Later, stumblehome from the rowdy cobbles of funlovingTemple Bar. The next day, seekserenity and literary greats at TrinityCollege and Merrion Square, or head forthe seaside charms of Dun Laoghaire.inclusions• 1 night @ Generator Dublin (dorm)• City Sightseeing BusGENERATORDUBLINPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTA former Irish music museum, adjacentto the Jameson Distillery and withinwalking distance of Temple Bar, this hostelcombines comfort with special Generatortouches, such as a luxury female Jacuzzisuite, cinema suite, infamous Late NightBar and choice of private rooms or dorms,all with en suite facilities.FR FR$35 DORMBARNACLES $27FR FR$63 DOUBLE TEMPLE BAR $58DORMDOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTLocated in the hip Temple Bar, surroundedby pubs, clubs and restaurants, thisaward-winning laid back hostel with aninfectious atmosphere is the place to stay!Check out the free Internet and Wi-Fi,self-catering kitchen and sunny commonroom. All rooms have their own shower,plus guests get to enjoy free breakfasts.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiDUBGENDUBBARrock solidBEST WESTERNACADEMY PLAZAFR$106FR$54SINGLEDOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTWhen you walk into the hotel, the grandmarble lobby that greets you will give youan indication of the high standards to befound here. Rooms are comfortable andtastefully decorated with modern decor. Inaddition, the location is pretty unbeatable,just off O’Connell Street with the city’smain attractions just a short stroll away.CITY SIGHTSEEINGBUSEnjoy a slice of Irish history as you takein the best of the city’s sights includingSt Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle,the River Liffey and Jameson’s Distillery.Afterwards, you’ll know where to drink thebest Guinness, where the best craic is to behad and where’s the liveliest bar to party atuntil the wee hours. When in Dublin...FR FR$27 LONDON TO DUBLIN$6242 DAYS MINI-BREAK3 DAYSDeparting from London, this fab rail andsail adventure includes express traintravel through idyllic English and Welshcountryside, crossing the Irish Sea on theworld’s largest cruiseferry, two nights’ hotelaccommodation in the heart of Dublin,plus plenty of time for you to explore thevibrant capital at your leisure.Free Wi-FiTDUB02DUBSEELONDUB154


PARISCharles de Gaulle Airport: 15KMBlvd. PériphériqueHome to iconic Moulin Rouge & lateartists, Van Gogh & Picasso, poutyPigalle-Saint-Georges comes into its ownat nightfall. Think cabarets, nighclubs,bars & erotica shops.17 arr.MOULINROUGE531618 arr.SACRÉ-CŒURMONTMARTRE4Blvd de ClichyPretend you’re a Parisian & join boholocals & trendy types for watersidepicnics along the canal. Alternatively,dine at one of the area’s many hipboulangeries & restaurants.GARE DE L’EST22CITIESGARE SAINT-LAZARE9 arr.GARE DU NORDARC DETRIOMPHE8 arr.Blvd Haussman10 arr.Blvd de MagentaCANAL SAINTMARTINBlvd de Be levi leAvenue des Champs-Élysées2 arr.Culture vultures will love the PompidouCentre’s modern & contemporary art.Head to the sprawling Louvre to check outmasterpieces by da Vinci, Michelangelo,Rembrandt & the infamous Mona Lisa.PARIS MUSEUM OFMODERN ARTSeine RiverPLACE DE LACONCORDETUILERIESGARDEN1 arr.LOUVRE MUSEUMLES HALLES3 arr.Cobbled stunner Le Maraisoozes old-world charm, withfantastic vintage shops & athriving gay scene.EIFFEL TOWERORSAY MUSEUMRue Du RivoliVoie Georges PompidouPOMPIDOUCENTERTHE MARAIS4 arr. 11 arr.7ILE DE LA CITÉ6Blvd Garibaldi7 arr.Blvd Raspail6 arr.LUXEMBOURGGARDENSBlvd Saint-MichelNOTRE DAMECATHEDRALSORBONNEUNIVERSITYPANTHÉONILE SAINT-LOUISOPERA BASTILLEGARE DU LYON15 arr.GAREMONTPARNASSEMONTPARNASSETOWER14 arr.5 arr.8GARE D’AUSTERLITZSTA Travel store, pop in andbook any last minute tripsor accommodationBook accommodation & tourson the go:STATRAVEL.com/appThere’s more to thehistoric Quartier Latinthan simply NotreDame. Think secondhandbook stores,cosmopolitan eateries,after-hours bars &botanical garden Jardindes Plantes.13 arr.


PARISCITIESC’est la vie!You may think Paris is just forloved-up couples smoochingaround the Louvre and up theEiffel Tower, but there’s far moreto the City of Love. The Frenchcapital also hosts some corkingfestivals. In summer, for example,join the stream of all-singing, alldancingFête de la Musique, rockup in Autumn for the Nuit Blancheor relax on the Paris Plages (ParisBeaches; manmade sands createdalong the Seine) to knock backsome delicious vin. Santé!INSIDER72 HOURS in parisFR$346Paris is full of both instantly recognisable landmarks and famous stereotypes – designerpoodles on Rue Saint Honoré, men in berets drinking pastis in Bastille and impoverishedwriters burning manuscripts in the Latin Quarter. Actually, maybe that last one was a scenefrom La Bohème? Nevermind. So, to see the icons as well as the local haunts, here’s howwe’d do it. Forget about trying to look chic and Parisian, your first day is about being atourist. Grab a café, croissant, cliché and sightsee with your 2-day Paris Pass. The nextday, use your pass to visit Versailles or hang out in a neighbourhood – go to the LatinQuarter for deep-thinking and debauchery, Bastille for quintessential old-school Paris orthe banks of the Canal St. Martin for the angsty and lovelorn. Fully localised, on day 3head to bohemian Le Marais to eat cheese and generally try to look as inconspicuouslyFrench as possible on the Secret Paris tour. Later, mooch around the vintage shops,people-watch with an apéritif (translation: excuse to drink early) before the bars fill up.inclusions• 2 nights @ St. Christopher’s Hostel Garedu Nord (dorm including breakfast)• 2 day Paris Pass (see page 157)• Secret Paris: Cheese, Art & Local LifeMorning Tour (see page 157)Our city packages are all tailor-made. Tocreate your perfect 72 hours, ask about:• Ugrading your accommodation• Swapping any of the included tours with:Dark Heart of Paris (see page 157)Versaille Bike Tour• Adding return airport transfers fr $98shoestring GlamPACKER1 2CAULAINCOURTSQUARE HOSTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Free morning coffee and croissants. Très bien!• Choose from mixed/female dorms with bathrooms or private rooms• Creative types and party animals alike will love the locationFR FR$44 DORMST CHRISTOPHER’S$44FR FR$60 DOUBLE INNS$71PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTDORMTWIN/DOUBLE• It’s beer o’clock in Belushi’s bar or relax with a coffee in the street café• Spacious rooms with pod beds and privacy curtains• Fab locations; in the heart of the actionMuch more than a hostel, the rooms here, with their bold splashesof colour, mirror the charm and bohemian vibe of the very chicMontmartre area in which it’s located. Packed with facilities likefree Wi-Fi and bike rental but if you’re after a break from the localclubbing scene, the TV lounge is perfect for a cosy night in.St. Christopher’s; such a iconic backpackers, they had to build two!One is set on a canal, where ‘Amelie’ was filmed, and the otheropposite Gare du Nord. These two beauties have set standards allother hostels will be judged by. Guests can expect stylish decor,free Wi-Fi and breakfast, plus oodles of atmosphere.STAY 3 PAY 2 & STAY 4 PAY 3 - 02JAN15 - 28FEB15 & 01NOV15 - 15DEC15Free Wi-FiPARCAU25% OFF ALL FOOD AT BELUSHI’S BARFree Wi-FiPARSCP/PARSCG156


ock solidrock solidrock solid3 4 5VICTORMASSEFR FR FR$119 SINGLEPERFECT $108 SINGLEROYAL$144FR FR FR$67 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$52 TWIN/DOUBLE FROMENTIN $79PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTOozing understated elegance, this Parisianhotel is a real find for bargain hunters.Right in the middle of trendy Montmartre,you’re in easy reach of the Eurostarterminal, Sacre Coeur and the MoulinRouge, plus all the other must-see sightsaround the city. Rooms are cosy and clean,with cable TV.Ideally located in Montmartre, just a shortwalk to Gare du Nord, Moulin Rouge andSacre Coeur, with little shops and bistrosclose by. Known for its friendly atmosphere,cleanliness and good value for money, itscosy rooms reflect traditional French decorand have a choice of en suite or sharedbathroom. Vive La France!SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThis traditional hotel has preserved itsauthentic 1930s’ character, charm andspirit while still offering modern comfort.It has a fabulous lobby, which was once apopular cabaret spot. Rooms are tastefullydecorated in traditional French style andyou might even get a view of Sacre Coeuror the Eiffel Tower.CITIESFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiSTAY 5 PAY 4 - 01JAN15 - 31MAR15,PARVIC PARPER 01JUL15 - 31AUG15 & 01NOV15 - 27DEC15 PARROYrock solidROCK SOLID a-ListFR FR FRMY HOTEL $150 SINGLEBASTILLE $190 SINGLELA$2556 FR 7 FROPÉRA ST GEORGESTWIN/DOUBLE DE LAUNAY8FR$86 $108 TWIN/DOUBLE DEMEURE $139PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSituated in Paris’ buzzing theatre district,close to the Moulin Rouge and Saint-Georges Metro station, this hotel offersbright, modern rooms with minimalistdecor, en suites and free Wi-Fi. There’s alsothe option of enjoying a scrummy buffetbreakfast in the light, airy room overlookingits charming patio. Très bon!A French fancy in the streets of Parisand close to the Marais, this charminghotel offers free Wi-Fi and 24-hour roomservice. Rooms come with LCD TVs, aircon and there’s also a sleek restaurant.This place is polished to perfection. Closeto Notre Dame and the Louvre, you areslapbang in the heart of Paris.SINGLEDOUBLEThis recently renovated chic, Parisiangetaway is located in the trendy LatinQuarter. It’s the epitome of style; thinkfunky decor with a living room-stylereception, nightclub-esque lounge,winter-themed breakfast area andminimalistic rooms with a designer twistand extravagant suites.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiSTAY 4 PAY 3 - 01JAN15-28FEB15,Free Wi-Fi20JUL15-31AUG15 & 01DEC15-29DEC15EPARMH PARLAU (EXCLUDING SOME DATES)PARDEMTHE PARISPASSFR FR FR$193 SECRET PARIS:$65 DARK HEART OF PARIS$422-6 DAYS CHEESE, ART & LOCAL LIFEHALF DAY WALKING TOUR BY NIGHTHALF DAYSee Paris’ top sights at your own pace withthis awesome pass which includes unlimitedMetro travel, entry to 60 of the city’s bestattractions, a complimentary guide book,a one-day hop-on hop-off bus tour plus awine tasting experience. Skip the queuesand save time with fast track entry. Choosefrom two, four or six days of sightseeing.Get to know Paris’ best-kept secrets on thistantalising guided tour. Meander throughthe Louvre’s well-manicured gardens,taste cheeses in a market fromagerie andmacarons from a chic patisserie. Discoverthe medieval neighbourhood of Le Marais,then enjoy panoramic views from the top ofParis’ contemporary art gallery.Explore the underbelly of the ‘City of Love’in this two-hour guided walking tour. Learnabout the city’s torturous (literally) anddiseased past including plagues, FrenchRevolution, Paris Commune and Nazi rule.Wander through alleyways shrouded indarkness to discover the secrets of thisincredible capital.PARPAS PARDIP PARDAR157


AMSTERDAMRIVER IJSpaarndammerdijkWesterparkFor the best of boutiqueshopping, hit picturesqueNegen Straatjes (Nine Streets).Refuel with a coffee at one ofthe great cafes or restaurantsalong the way.Forget about the red-light district& coffee shop cliches, one of thecity’s greatest pleasures is exploringits labyrinth of canals on foot orby bike. Think charming, gabledbuildings, dinky humpback bridges &cutting-edge architecture.CITIESWESTERPARKHaarlemmerwegAMSTERDAMnoordHaarlemmerbuurtIJtunnelERASMUS PARKJan van GalenstraatNassaukadeANNE FRANK HOUSE5GRACHTENGORDEL-WEST32CENTRAALSTATIONRED LIGHTDISTRICTREMBRANDTPARKDe BaarsjesScoff cheese &stroopwafels(caramel-filledwaffles) atAmsterdam’s biggestopen-air market,the bustling AlbertCuypmarkt.De ClercqstraatJORDAANDAM SQUAREBurgwallenNieuwe ZijdeFLOWER MARKETDE WALLENREMBRANDTPLEINPiet HeinkadeNIEUWMARKT ENLASTAGENATIONALMARITIMEMUSEUM69Pedal leisurelyaround Amsterdam’sprettiest green space;Vondelpark or soak upthe eclectic vibe laid onthe grass, beer in hand.Next up, check outRijkmuseum’s worldrenownedRembrandtscollection.OvertoomAMSTERDAM OUD-WESTVONDEL PARK1LEIDSEPLEIN163RIJKSMUSEUMGrachtengordel-ZuidDE WETERINGSCHANSVAN GOGH MUSEUMHEINEKEN EXPERIENCESKINNY BRIDGEWibautstraatFor blooms galore & awallet-friendly jaunt,amble through theBloemenmarkt flowermarket.Amsteldijk4MUSEUM QUARTERTHE CONCERTGEBOUWDE PIJPAMSTERDAM-ZUIDBEATRIXPARK


AMSTERDAMEclectic amsterdamQuirky and colourful, ‘the Dam’has red-light districts, cannabiscafés, bikes galore and morecanals than Venice. Chuck into the mix that it’s home toHeineken, more than1,280 bridgesand thousands of museums thatdocument everything, from sex toAnne Frank; it’s perfect for culture(and not so cultural) vultures. And,if you’re wondering about thosehouseboats on the canal, they’rehome to shops, museums andeven one dedicated to cats!CITIESINSIDER72 HOURS in amsterdamFR$181Cycling along canals, the aroma of coffee shops (that’s not coffee!) and the red glowof umm… shop windows? All fairly accurate clichés of Amsterdam’s hazy liberal charmsbut also a recipe for a lost weekend. To ensure you remember most things, stay out ofjail and the canals, this is how we’d do 72 hours in the Dam. Providing you didn’t hit thelegendary hostel bar too hard on arrival, get brunch and a canalside breakfast beer anduse your Combi Ticket to cruise along Amsterdam’s idyllic waterways. Afterwards, headto the Heineken or Van Gogh Museum (quite frankly, both Dutch masterpieces). Stumbleupon a backstreet jenever (gin distillery) or for a large one, opt to join the AmsterdamBeer Tour. The next day, take your hangover to Vondelpark, hire a bike, fill your basketat the Albert Cuypmarkt, before some craft ale hair of the dog on the AmsterdamBeer Tour. On your final day, get the ferry to Amsterdam Noord for a day of laid-backwholesome goodness discovering quaint villages, local artists and cosy cafes.inclusions• 2 nights @ St Christopher’s at theWinston (dorm including breakfast)• Amsterdam Combi Ticket (see page 160)• Amsterdam Beer Tour (see page 160)Our city packages are all tailor-made. Tocreate your perfect 72 hours, ask about:• Ugrading your accommodation• Swapping any of the included tours with:Ultimate Party Amsterdam (see page 160)Red Light District Walking Tour• Adding return airport transfers fr $56shoestring GlamPACKER1 2HANS BRINKERHOSTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Like to party? This is the hostel for you!• One of the oldest and most famous hostels in the city• Free breakfast and Internet access, plus no curfewFR FR$34 DORMST CHRISTOPHER’S AT THE$46FR FR$46 TWINWINSTON$71PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Central location, 24-hour reception• Recently voted ‘Most Popular Hostel in Amsterdam’• Eclectic bedrooms decorated by local artistsDORMTWIN/DOUBLEThis hostel is THE place to stay in Amsterdam. Breakfast andInternet access are free but the real draw is the hip bar and clubwhere you can dance ‘til dawn every night. Rooms have all thebasics and the bathrooms are better than most! Reception is open24/7, so there’s always somewhere to store your bag.Offering free Wi-Fi and breakfast, no visit to the this city iscomplete without a stay at St Christopher’s at the Winston. Thehostel’s nightclub is right next door plus there’s a private beergarden and bar so expect a party atmosphere. The unique, themeddecor and quirky creations of local artists are truly one of a kind.FREE DINNER (SELECTED MEALS) - 01JAN15 - 31MAR15 & 01NOV15-24DEC15 (3 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY)AMSHAN25% OFF ALL FOOD AT BELUSHI’S BARFree Wi-FiAMSWAD159


SHOESTRING Rock solid3 4FLYING PIGUP & DOWNTOWNPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Enjoy a great blend of laid-back and party vibes• Relax with free movies or in the indoor smoking area of Uptown’s hostel• Tuck into Downtown hostel’s free buffet-style brekkieFR FR$37 DORMAPPLE$158FR FR$71 TWIN/DOUBLE INN$80PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLEDOUBLE• Modern decor in renovated mansion surroundings• Convenient location, close to the Van Gogh Museum and Rijkmuseum• Wallet-friendly, the perfect base for exploring the cityCITIESChoose between uptown and downtown hostel locations. Theformer is located in an old mansion close to Vondelpark, whilethe latter is next to Central Station. Infamous for their relaxedatmosphere and funky vibe, the Pig bars are a great place for aquick drink or an unforgettable party in true Amsterdam style!Relax in clean, tastefully decorated rooms offering comfort andgreat value for money. Apple Inn is situated in a renovated statelyand historic building which is close to Vondelpark. The hotel is alsoconnected to the airport by shuttle bus, so although facilities arelimited, it’s a good two-star hotel choice if you’re on a budget.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-Fi25% OFF ALL FOOD AT BELUSHI’S BARAMSFPU/AMSFPDEAMSAIrock solida-list5 6NADIAHOTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• What was once an art gallery is now a fab hotel!• Enjoy canal side views and stay close to main attractions• Rooms are cosy but bright with all key facilities and free Wi-FiFR FR$112 SINGLEHOTEL$135FR FR$63 TWIN/DOUBLE VONDEL$68PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Enjoy the sunshine on the breakfast patio• Sip a cold drink in the chic bar• Great location in the city’s happening centreSINGLETWIN/DOUBLELocated in a historic canal-side gallery building, this hotel hasclean, cosy rooms with en suite bathrooms, cable TV, Internetand fridges. Enjoy a morning buffet served in the super-kitschbreakfast room and take a stroll along the canal to the hip Jordaandistrict just around the corner or nearby Dam Square.Free Wi-FiAMSNADA small, boutique hotel, hidden in a beautiful street in the bestpart of the city’s lively centre with plenty of shops and barsnearby. Enjoy breakfast on the patio or a drink in the stylish barbefore hitting the vibrant town. There’s bike rental for the active,plus room service and picnic basket service.Free Wi-FiAMSHVOAMSTERDAMBEER TOURFR FR FR$72 ULTIMATE PARTY$34 AMSTERDAM$42HALF DAY AMSTERDAMHALF DAY COMBI TICKET (SKIP THE LINE) FULL DAYThis fascinating, guided tour delves deepinto the Netherlands’ brewing history andincludes one great beer at each stop plus atypically Dutch bar snack. Sample local alesin downtown, boutique bars, visit two smallbreweries and finish up at a legendary beerhaunt where you’ll take your pick from 200varieties of beer!There’s no ‘going Dutch’ on this one! Joinhundreds of partygoers on the city’s mostfamous pub crawl for a six-hour, madcapday tour. Led by hand-picked guides, you’lllearn loads of local knowledge as you partywith a whole new set of mates and take onunlimited shots - see if you can make it tothe end of the day!Start your Amsterdam adventure with aone-hour canal cruise, arguably the bestway to take in the city’s sights, includingthe old harbour and charming 17th Centurymerchant houses. Next up, choose either atrip to the Heineken Experience (includestwo free drinks) or a visit to theworld-famous Van Gogh Museum.AMSABU AMSUPA AMSAMS160


ROMENORTH CENTREDiscover the romantic heartof Rome - throw a Euro intothe Trevi Fountain, eat pizzasin piazzas, wander with agelato & dodge lovelornRomans on retro vespers.Viale Regina MargheritaPLUS ROMAZOOLOGICALGARDENSDeluxe campsite with dormtents, pool, BBQs and latenightDJs and shuttle businto the city (4km) - perfectfor summer! ROMROMVATICANFR $19DORMPIAZZA DELPOPOLOViale del Murro TortoVILLA BORGHESEVia Princiana6CITIESCASTEL SANTANGELOVia del CorsoSPANISHSTEPSVia VenetoSANTA MARIA DELLACONCEZIONE DEI CAPPUCCINIMODERN CENTER2Via XX Settembre813OLD ROMETREVIFOUNTAINTERMINI STATIONNOMENTANOPIAZZANAVONAA city within a city,hop across the Tiber tothe Vatican. Be sure topack a neck brace forall the open-mouthedgawping staring up atthe heavenly domes ofSt. Peters and celestialceilings of the SistineChapel.PANTHEONtiber islandVictorio EmanuelleROMAN FORUMCOLOSSEOOPPIAN HILL PARK(PARCO DEL COLLE OPPIO)COLOSSEUM5 3 74San Lorenzo’s scruffy studentbars & grafittied cafés look likethey’ve just done an all-nighter.Well, they probably have. Thisparty-hard alternative scenebrings a whole new meaning to‘Eternal City.’ESQUILINO-SAN GIOVANNITRASTEVEREVILLA SCIARRAViale de TrastevereRIVER TIBERHanging out in elegant Trastevereis an all day people-watchingevent. Take long lunches outsidetraditional trattorias before thesun sets, the piazzas fill up & thequaint cobbles go wild.Via MarmorataAVENTINO-TESTACCIOCIRCUS MAXIMUSViale AventinoDARK HEART OFROME TOURNight-time walking tour todiscover legends, mysteriesand ghost stories! ROMDRKFR $42BATHS OFCARACALLANow it’s only friendlyhordes with camerasthat invade the crumblingcentre of ancient Rome.And with good reason;it’s home to the city’smost enduring icons- the Colosseum andRoman Forum.Viale Marco Polo


ROMECITIESWhen in Rome...Roma’s key ingredients: mouthwateringfood, mind-boggling art,a past steeped in mythology andlegend, sprawling ancient ruinsand, of course, The Vatican, justa stone’s throw away. Traditionalpizzerias and gelaterias,magnificent marble sculptures,Baroque churches and soaringbasilicas all await you. Lazilywatch the world go by over tastyantipasti, people-watch in sunsoakedpiazzas and lap up thelifestyle of this seductive city.INSIDER72 HOURS in romeFR$149Seeing one city in 72 hours is difficult enough, but the ‘Eternal City’ (already not bodingwell for catching that plane or train out of here) is a tale of two cities when you add inthe Vatican. As every corner casually reveals a new treasure, you need to be dedicated‘when in Rome’. That means not being distracted by hot Roman beauties (booo!) butlots of refuelling pizzas and gelatos (yay). Staying in the heart of ancient Rome, wanderfor half an hour (quicker with an espresso) to the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Aftera ubiquitous pizza stop, meander through the Piazza Navona to the Pantheon, TreviFountain and Spanish Steps. To escape the crowds, see how new Rome parties that nightin San Lorenzo. Spend the following morning skipping queues (legitimately) on a tour ofthe Vatican. We’d then head to Trastevere for a long people-watching lunch before theDark Heart of Rome Walk. On the last day, maybe add on a Crypts & Catacombs Tour ora Pompeii day tour.inclusions• 2 @ nights Alessandro Downtown (dormincluding breakfast)• Half-day Vatican Tour (see page 163)• Dark Heart of Rome Tour (see page 161)• Our city packages are all tailor-made. Tocreate your perfect 72 hours, ask about:• Ugrading your accommodation• Swapping any of the included tours with:Pompeii + Vesuvius Day Trip (see page 163)Crypts & Catacombs Tour• Adding return airport transfers fr $86GlamPACKER rock solid1 2YELLOWHOSTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT• Five minutes’ walk from Termini Station• Bar and club open 7.30am - 4am daily!• Free Wi-Fi throughout the hostelFR FR$39 DORM$111FR FR$50 TWINNARDIZZI$61PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• A charming hotel with super-friendly staff• Top location for transport links and attractions• Free Wi-Fi in public spacesSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThis exciting and central hostel offers fun in large measures! Fromthemed parties to the buzzing bar and the walking tours, you willbe sure to socialise and meet new friends from the moment youarrive. Choose from no-frills dorms or private rooms - while theseare basic, the facilities and atmosphere are why you stay here.Free Wi-FiThis place has the lot - friendly staff, clean, comfortable roomswith air con, satellite TV and real Italian pizzazz! Located a shortdistance from the historical centre and close to the rail terminaland bus lines, this hotel offers great value for money. Enjoybreakfast and fab views from Nardizzi’s roof garden.Free Wi-FiROMYELSTAY 4 PAY 3 & STAY 3 PAY 2 - 06JAN15-28FEB15ROMNAR162


SHOESTRINGrock solid rock solid3 4 5ALESSANDROHOSTELSFR FR FR$30 DORMHOTEL$98 SINGLEPALLADIUM $141FR FR FR$59 TWIN/DOUBLE KENNEDY $56 TWIN/DOUBLE PALACE$76PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTAlessandro Palace and Downtown are THEhostels to meet fellow travellers and bothare just a short stroll from Termini station.The former has a lively bar with great drinksspecials and an outdoor terrace. Downtownis spacious with fewer facilities but is morewallet-friendly. Take your pick from cleanand safe private rooms or dorms.Situated in a historical 19th Centurybuilding, just a five-minute walk fromTermini Station, Hotel Kennedy offersfree Wi-Fi throughout, air con rooms withsoundproofing and TVs. The hotel’s mainattraction however, is its Italian breakfastand location - you can walk to many ofRome’s key sights, including The Colosseum.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEA comfortable and refined hotel offeringbeautifully-appointed rooms decoratedin classic Italian decor. Grab a drink atthe bar and enjoy city views from therooftop garden or why not dine al frescofor breakfast? Based in the historic partof town, many of Rome’s attractions arewithin walking distance.CITIESFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiROMAPH/ROMADH STAY 4 PAY 3 - 05JAN15 - 13MAR15ROMKEN STAY 3 NIGHTS FOR 10% DISCOUNTROMPALa-list GlamPACKERrock a-list solid6 7 8ROMANICOPALACEFR FR FR$178 SINGLESCOTT$114 SINGLEMASCAGNI $174FR FR FR$98 DOUBLE HOUSE$68 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$96PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTEvery room in the Romanico Palace isdecked out in traditional, ornate Italiansplendour. You’re also perfectly situatedfor the Via Veneto, Galleria Borghese andPiazza di Spagna. Alternatively, relax in thehotel’s sauna and Turkish bath or enjoy acappuccino and uninterrupted 360-degreeviews of the city from the roof terrace.Housed in a renovated 19th Centurypalace, Scott House is conveniently locatedin the centre of Rome next to Termini trainstation. Each of the stylish, modern roomscome with private bathroom, air con, Wi-Fi,flatscreen TV and mini-bar. There is also24-hour reception service and a greatItalian-style breakfast thrown in.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLELuxuriously furnished with contemporaryart pieces and Great Gatsby1920s-stylebathrooms, the Mascagni offers equallyexcellent service, with staff available 24/7,room service and free Wi-Fi. The TreviFountain and Spanish Steps are aten-minute walk away so you’re perfectlyplaced for a spot of sightseeing too.BOOK 4 MONTHS IN ADVANCE FOR 10%DISCOUNT 12FEB15 - 31DEC15Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiROMHRP EROMSH EROMMAANCIENT &OLD ROMEFR FR FR$42 VATICAN$50 POMPEII &$223HALF DAY TOUR (SKIP THE LINE)HALF DAY VESUVIUS DAY TRIPFULL DAYDon’t know your Caesars from your Ciceros,your Romuluses from your Remuses? Thisthree-hour romp takes you through starattractions of the city that the Romanscalled home, breathing life into the ancientstones! Your professional guide will takeyou to and talk you through sites includingthe Colosseum, the Roman Forum, TreviFountain and the Pantheon.Enlighten your mind and spirit with thisthree-hour guided tour of the world’ssmallest independent state and residenceto the Pope. Prepare to be wowed by St.Peter’s and Michelangelo’s epic SistineChapel, stuffed full of art, architectural andarchaeological wonders. And forget aboutqueuing with the crowds, your ‘Skip theLine’ ticket will fast track you to the front.Explore a slice of history as you visit theinfamous and still-active volcano thatbrought Pompeii to its tragic end in 79 AD.Take an optional short hike through softvolcanic ash, soak up stunning views of thecity at the volcanic crater rim and enjoy apizza lunch. Finally, head to Pompeii andwander its ghostly streets. See the startlingplaster casts of Vesuvius’ victims.ROMANC ROMVAT ROMPVV163


VENICECITIESThe floating cityBoho-chic fashion, artsymasterpieces, fine wines,vaporetti (water buses) andGrand Canal Palaces: welcome toVenice. Wander through its myriadof mysterious passageways,frequently stumbling acrossstunning architecture and paya visit to Piazza San Marco andthe Rialto Bridge. Failing to takea gondola trip through the city’scanals is like going to NY andskipping the Statue of Liberty, somake time to hop on board.48 HOURS in veniceFR$269Masquerading for 48 hours in Venice,leave your Palazzo (now a hostel,we’re not being sarcastic) to eat yourway around the Bacari wine bars onthe Cicchetti of Venice tour. Thatnight, find a local backstreet ‘osterie’for buckets of wine, atmosphere andfood. The following evening, discovermore local haunts away from the ‘onecornetto’ crowds on the Secret Veniceby Night tour and gondola ride.inclusions• 1 night @ Generator Venice (dorm)• Cicchetti of Venice tour• Secret Venice by Night tourGENERATORVENICEFR$49DORMPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTLooking for a Venice hostel with adifference? Located on the island ofGiudecca, Generator is housed in a 200year-old Venetian Palazzo, minutes fromSt. Mark’s by vaporetto (the stop is rightoutside the hostel). Choose from dorms orprivate rooms with en suites. There’s alsofree Wi-Fi and a great bar and lounge area.Free Wi-FiGlamPACKERDABRUNOFR$96FR$61PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTFree Wi-Firock solidSINGLEDOUBLEThis family-run hotel offers brightaccommodation in the heart of the oldtown with Rialto Bridge and San MarcoSquare within walking distance. You will bemet with a warm Venetian welcome and thelarge rooms are furnished in typical Italianstyle. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast and take inall of Venice’s charm.STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01JAN-31MAR15VCEGENVCEDABrock solida-listCICCHETTI OFVENICEFR$108HALF DAYHOTELAIRONEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTOverlooking the Grand Canal, this hotel isa great spot for your trip to the romanticcity. A typically informal and low-key Italianhotel (loving the bedspreads), the friendlystaff are always on hand and the rooms areequipped with air con, safe and breakfastis also included. Live the Venetian lifestylewithout breaking the bank.FR FR$68 SINGLEHOTEL CA DEI $177FR FR$44 TWIN/DOUBLE CONTI$100EVCEHASINGLETWINPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSearching for that romantic Venetiandream? Then look no further than thisgem, steeped in history dating back to the18th Century and brimming with originalfeatures. Overlooking a canal, rooms offera fusion of modern comforts with Venetianarchitecture, including spacious marblebaths and air con. You might as well!VCECDCFoodies will love this mouth-watering threehourexcursion of Venice’s Bacari wine barsand their famous ‘cicchetti’ dishes. Thesetapas-style dishes - think spicy meatballs,marinated seafood and sun-dried olives -combined with fine wines and prosecco willhave you saying ‘mamma mia!’SECRET VENICE NIGHT TOURWITH GONDOLA RIDEVCECICFR$112HALF DAYEscape the crowds of St. Mark’s Square onthis guided, walking tour of less-seen andlittle-known Venice. See the city’s mostcursed house, Ernest Hemingway’s favehaunts and the music hospital where monksraised orphans as world-class performers.Finish with a peaceful gondola ride.VCESVN164


FLORENCEItaly’s treasure troveIf you fancy yourself as a creativetype and hanker after Renaissanceart, architectural marvels andMichelangelo’s monumental David,head to Italian stunner, Florence.Channel your inner culture vultureat the celebrated Uffizi gallery andthe iconic Duomo cathedral. Onceyou’ve fully immersed yourself inthe arts, or simply fancy a breakfrom sightseeing, cool off with atyplically Italian gelato with panna(cream). You won’t regret it, wepromise. Bellissimo!CITIES48 HOURS in florenceFR$149SHOESTRINGrock solidIt’s easy to get lost in the tapestryof galleries, sun-drenched vines andoverspilling tablecloths in gorgeousFlorence. We’d just embrace it with aday in the rustic Tuscan countryside,gorging on wine and food on theGrape Escape Winery Tour. Back inthe city itself, get to grips with all thehighlights on a sightseeing hop-onhop-off bus tour. Touristy? Maybe.More essential than gelato? Probably.inclusions• 1 night @ Plus Florence (dorm)• Grape Escape Winery Tour• Florence hop-on hop-off TourPLUSFLORENCEFR$35FR$56DORMTWINPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTOK are you ready - cool off either in theindoor or outdoor pool, relax in the saunaor Turkish bath, catch up on emails withWi-Fi or grab a cappuccino in the café. Playsome pool, hang out in the bar and checkout the terrace views. Centrally located,choose from spacious private rooms orlight and airy dorms - and collapse!Free Wi-FiSTAY 4 NIGHTS04JAN15-03JAN16& RECEIVE 20% OFFSTAY 5 NIGHTS 04JAN15-03JAN16 & RECEIVE 25% OFF FLRPFLKURSAAL& AUSONIAFR$98FR$54PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTFree Wi-FiSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThis charming hotel is located in the heartof Florence, only a few steps from themighty Duomo and Accademia Museum.Warm and friendly staff will ensure yourstay is memorable in the comfortable,functional rooms, complete with aircon and free Wi-Fi. Despite the funkybedspreads we still love this hotel.FLRKURrock solidGlamPACKERCORONAD’ITALIAPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTHoused in an elegant 19th CenturyPalazzo beside the handicraft markets, thisdelightful hotel is a great base from whichto explore Florence. The modern roomshave a real Tuscan feel, plus satellite TV,Internet access, air con and safe box. Aftera day exploring the city’s sights, head tothe American-style bar for a cold beer.FR FR$117 SINGLEHOTEL$179FR FR$67 TWIN/DOUBLE CLUB$98SINGLEDOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTClose to the station, whether you opt fora classic, superior or executive room, youare guaranteed a good night’s sleep thanksto Hotel Club’s soundproofed walls. Roomscome with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV,mini-bar, air con and private bathrooms.Newly refurbished with trendy decor,there’s also an onsite bar. Salute!GRAPEESCAPEFR$84FULL DAYEnjoy the ultimate day out in the Tuscancountryside, where you’ll become an expert(of sorts) at wine school. Through tastingsyou’ll learn the best food and wine combosand how to recognise the different vinoflavours. Enjoy a delish home-style Tuscanlunch, a visit to the pretty town of SanGimignano, plus world-class gelato.STAY 4 PAY 3 - 17JAN15-31MAR15 &05JUL15-31AUG15FLRCORFree Wi-FiFLRHCBFLRGRA165


BARCELONAPARK GUELL3 5KMImage courtesy of Flickr, The euskadi 11Av. MeridianaGARDENS OF TURODEL PUTGETHome to the psychedelic hilltopgingerbread charms of ParcGüell, Gracia’s party-hard artyprofessionals probably stay outlate to avoid the climb home.Although even through bleary3am eyes, the views are epic.CITIESCASA VICENSgracia neighbourhoodsagrada familiaSAGRADA FAMILIACHURCHAGBAR TOWERles cortsSarria-St. gervasiWhile touristsdodge hawkers onneighbouring LasRamblas, El Raval’sskaters & hipstersloiter in graffitisprayedplazas, newlyconvertedart galleries& bars so shady they’recool.Carretera de CollblancGran Via de les Corts CatalanesBARCELONA Airport: 11KMJOAN MIROPARK7Av. DiagonalPLAZA ESPANYABARCELONAPAVILIONFLASH FLASHRESTAURANTNATIONAL ART MUSEUMOF CATALONIAOLYMPIC STADIUMCASA MILA /LA PEDRERA BUILDINGsants monjuicJOAN MIROFOUNDATIONBARCELONA BOTANICALGARDENS9Paseo De GraciaCASA BATLLOBUILDINGl’ eixampleBarcelona’s historiccentrepiece. Get lost forhours weaving through thecobbled streets, palmlinedplazas & crumblingromance of the GothicQuarter.101ST. JOSEP LA BOQUERIA MARKETel ravalCABLE CARSGARDENS OFPETRA KELLYMONTJUIC CASTLEPLACA DECATALUNYAOnly Barcelona could sononchalantly boast a citybeach as good as Barceloneta.Ten minutes after sipping acafé negro in hipstery El Born,be in your togs on the beachwith an ice-cream.5Sandwiched between the esteemed GothicQuarter & elegant fountains of CiutadellaPark - the bars, cafés & galleries of El Bornare aloof, arty & fashionably rebellious.324Las Ramblas3MARITIME MUSEUMRonda Litoral6CATHEDRAL OFSANTA EULALIAGUELL PALACEel borngothic quarter8COLUMBUSMONUMENTMELONDISTRICT HOTELA new concept for travellers;apartments with sharedcooking lounge, stylishrooms plus rooftop pool.FR $54FR $31SINGLETWINsant martiTRIUMPHALARCHPICASSO MUSEUMBARCELONAAQUARIUMPORT VELLCIUTADELLAPARKTHE OLYMPICVILLAGEvila olimpicaBARCELONA ZOORonda LitoralbarcelonetaBARCELONETABEACH


BARCELONAVisca catalunyaCatalunya is not Spain. Welltechnically it is but many localsthink it should be classed as aseparate country. If you’re headingfor this regional capital, you’llfind yourself in Barcelona. Oozingwith mouth-watering pintxos, thefamous La Sagrada Familia andenough bars serving mojitos tokeep you up until the early hours,you’ll be entertained for days.And, don’t miss a stroll down thebustling boulevard of Las Ramblas.Visca Catalunya!CITIESINSIDER72 HOURS in barcelonaFR$138Some cities just have SOUL and Barcelona’s is big, beautiful, bohemian and easier to feelthan to describe. But here goes. For us, it’s all about the ‘barrios’ - each of the equallyenchanting but rebelliously individual neighbourhoods. So, in a city where everything isworth seeing, this is how we’d work it. Board the next hop-on hop-off bus and explorelike a map-wielding tourist. Jump off to wind through the crumbling beauty of the BarriGotic, emerging to people watch in palm-lined Plaça Reial before stumbling onto theflower stalls of busy Las Ramblas. Eschew the pricey ‘bocadillos’ (sarnies mate) anddive into La Boqueria Market for lunch. Retreat to the shadows of nextdoor El Raval formuseums, skaters and drinking. In the morning, take your hangover to the beach, picnic inParc Ciutadella and spill into the grungy boutiques of neighbouring El Born. Later, indulgein the city’s love for food with a paella class. Spend your last day inside Barcelona’s mostwonderful (if not a little weird) mind, at Gaudi’s Sagrada Família and fairytale Parc Güell.inclusions• 2 nights @ Be Mar Hostel (dorm includingbreakfast)• Evening Paella Cooking Class (see page168)• Barcelona hop-on hop-off sigtseeing busOur city packages are all tailor-made. Tocreate your perfect 72 hours, ask about:• Ugrading your accommodation• Swapping any of the included tours with:Gaudi & Tapas Cultural DayBarcelona Night Out (see page 168)GlamPACKERrock solid1 2GENERATORBARCELONAPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Party at the Fiesta Gracia Bar or chill in the games space• Rooms come with terraces and bespoke furnishings• Just a 15-minute Metro ride from the beachFR FR$38 DORMHOTEL$108FR FR$68 TWINPRINCIPAL$60PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT• A family-run hotel with old-school Spanish charm• Just a stone’s throw from the buzz of Las Ramblas• Enjoy views of the city from the rooftop terraceSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEOffering private twins, dorms and hotel rooms, the slickGenerator is situated in Barcelona’s trendy district of Eixample.All accomodation is en suite with power showers and free Wi-Fi, alounge and bar. Start the day with a filling continental brekkie andcelebrate sundown with tasty tapas.Free Wi-FiThis traditional, family-run hotel still holds an old-school Spanishfeel and is really close to the buzzing Las Ramblas Promenade.Relax on the rooftop terrace with views of the city and theMediterranean or hit the vibrant streets of the local area. Therooms are comfortable and nicely decorated with air con.Free Wi-FiSTAY 3 PAY 2 - 01JAN15-07JAN15 (SUNDAY TO THURSDAY ONLY)BCNGENBCNPRI167


shoestringglampackerglampackerCITIES3 4 5BEHOSTELSFR FR FR$22 DORMCASA$22 DORMST CHRISTOPHER’S $23FR FR FR$30 TWIN/DOUBLE GRACIA$46 DOUBLE INN$62PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTBe in the heart of the action with BEHostels. Choose between two locations inBarca: BE Mar: located in the funky part ofEl Raval and the highly-rated BE Ramblas:which is just off Las Ramblas and onlyoffers private rooms. Both offer free Wi-Fi,a complimentary breakfast and some freeactivities.Created by travellers for travellers, thiship hostel, adorned with local art andphotograpghy, is ideal for social butterflies.Cook up a storm in the fully-equippedkitchen, swap travel stories in the living /dining area or chill on the terrace. Choosefrom mixed dorms with shared bathroomsor private en suite rooms. All have air con.DORMTWINLocated next to Placa de Catalunya andseconds away from Las Ramblas, it doesn’tget any more central. Not only is thishostel within easy striking distance ofall the city’s main attractions, but it alsoboasts a lively bar and restaurant onsite,24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi and a dailycomplimentary brekkie!STAY 3 PAY 2 - 03JAN15-28FEB15 &01NOV15-20DEC15Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiBCNBAR/BCNBRA 10% OFF MIN 2 NIGHTS 01JAN15-31DEC15 BCNCAG 25% OFF ALL FOOD AT BELUSHI’S BARBCNCHRrock solidROCK SOLID A-list6 6 7PENINSULARFR FR FR$127 SINGLEHOTEL VIA $116 SINGLECHIC & BASIC $153FR FR FR$87 TWIN/DOUBLE AUGUSTA $64 TWIN/DOUBLE LAS RAMBLAS $76PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThis little gem, situated just a few stepsoff Las Ramblas, started life as a conventbefore being converted into a hotel in1876. The nuns might have moved onbut plenty of character remains, the mostnotable being the stunning, large interiorpatio. The basic, comfortable rooms haveen suites, air con and all mod cons.The laid-back atmosphere of this quality,budget hotel urges you to soak up thetop-notch views from the roof terrace. Onemetro stop from the centre of town, itsmulti-lingual staff are more than happy tohelp and there’s 24-hour reception serviceas well as a tour desk. Choose from twin,double or triple rooms.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThe1960s vibe and bang-on location twominutes from the Ramblas are just the tipof the iceberg in this eclectic hotel. Thinkretro furniture, a reception desk built outof vintage suitcases, a classic car in thelobby and huge photo montages coveringguestroom doors. Throw in free Wi-Fi andbicycle hire and you’ve got it made.STAY 4 PAY 3 - 10JUL15-31AUG15 &01NOV15-31DEC15Free Wi-Fi10% OFF 3 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY - 01JAN15-BCNPEN STAY 3 PAY 2.5 - 02JAN15-31MAR15BCNHVA 31 MAR15BCNCBRBARCELONADAY & NIGHTFR$71FULL DAYEVENING PAELLACOOKING CLASSFR FR$40 BARCELONA$34HALF DAY NIGHT OUTHALF DAYKick off with a walking tour of the GothicQuarter, including Picasso’s Art School, hisfamous Absinthe Bar and ancient Romanruins. Next, a Spanish cooking lesson!Guided by a local chef, help prepare (andeat) tasty tapas and paella, all washeddown with sangria. Finish off, with aflamenco dancing and guitar performance.Tongue-tinglingly tasty, this cooking classwill teach you the history of Spanishcuisine whilst you mix and drink your ownsangria, create traditional tapas and learnhow to make paella. Having built up anappetite, tuck into the meal that’s beenprepared right in front of you and leavewith the recipe so you can try it yourself!Start the ultimate Spanish bar crawlby learning to mix, shake (and taste,obviously!) an assortment of cocktails,taught by your pro bartender. Refreshed,move on with your fellow party-goers toanother bar, then on to one of the city’shottest nightclubs. VIP entrance and anunforgettable night guaranteed!BCNBDNBCNSCOBCNBBC168


MADRIDMasterpieces, music & mad nightsOutstanding art galleries plusfine dining and top nightlife;yes, you’re in Madrid. Imaginea painting palette which bringstogether the world of Picasso, Dalíand Miró, mixed with some of thebest tapas you’ve ever tasted andtoo many bars to rattle a cocktailshaker at. For you creative cats,you’ll struggle to choose betweenthe Museo del Prado and theCentro de Arte Reina Sofía. Sufficeto say, you’ll be wowed whereveryou end up.CITIES48 hours in madridFR$93shoestring GLAMPACKERYou need to be an Old Master toview this metropolis masterpiece andstill paint the streets, so staying inthe mix at U Hostel is a must. Hookup with a local to hit the classicallandmarks and modernist highlightson the Madrid Then and Now tour.Locals are usually late to the partybut will go ‘til dawn, so the next daymooch in the galleries or snoozebehind the topiary in El Retiro Park.inclusions• 1 night @ U Hostel (dorm)• Madrid Then and Now half-day tourCAT’S & MADHOSTELSFR$30FR$41DORMTWINPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTBoth these sister hostels are centrallylocated in impressive historical buildingsand are renowned with the local Madrileñosas great places to party. Rooms are comfyand clean, with en suite twins or largedorms with shared bathrooms, plus there’sfree brekkie and Wi-Fi. Both bars go off inthe evening and host regular parties.Free Wi-FiSTAY 4 PAY 3 – 03JAN15-31MAR15& 01OCT15-27DEC15MADCAT/MADMADUHOSTELFR$26FR$46DORMTWINPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTLocated in a spectacular, renovated 19thCentury palace in one of Madrid’s liveliestdistricts, this gem is perfect for socialbutterflies. Check out the free day toursand evening activities, hit the hostel’snightclub or relax in the cinema. Choosefrom air con, standard/premium dorms andprivate rooms plus there’s a girls only floor.Free Wi-FiMADUHOrock solidrock solid A-LISTGRAN HOTELCONDE DUQUEFR$136FR$76SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTTucked away in a quiet plaza's garden,close to the upscale Gran Via, you'll findthis charming, central hotel. Spacious,en suite rooms are elegantly decoratedand come with air con. Sightseeingweary?Relax in the classically styled baror tea room. Bookish types will love theOlvidoteca; its library of forgotten books.PETIT PALACETRES CRUCESPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTYou may struggle to leave this funkyboutique hotel with its modern rooms,flatscreen TVs, hydro-massage showers,mini-bar and free Internet. Once you dohowever, you can explore the historiccentre of Madrid which is right on yourdoorstep. Situated next to Plaza DelCarmen, it’s the perfect base.FR FR$131 SINGLEHOTEL MEDIUM $126FR FR$68 DOUBLE CORTEZO$64SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThis elegant little number can’t be beatenif you’re after a fashionable stay withoutbreaking the bank. The welcoming, modernrooms are furnished in warm tonescomplete with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV andair con. The roof terrace is a great spot torelax to enjoy the city views and the citycentre location is ideal.20% OFF 2-NIGHT MINIMUM STAY - 01JAN15- 31MAY15Free Wi-FiTMADGRSTAY 3 PAY 2 - 03JAN15-26FEB15,STAY 4 PAY 3 - 06JUL15-31AUG15(EXCLUDES SOME DATES)Free Wi-FiMADPPTFree Wi-FiEMADMC169


LISBONCITIES(custard) tarTs to die-forIf you’re an artsy type, you’lllove Lisbon for its picturesquearchitecture and charming bairros.The best way to really get underthe skin of this city is to exploreit on foot, so grab some comfyshoes. Admire the UNESCO WorldHeritage site of the Torre deBelem and amble through BairroAlto’s cobbled back streets, whereyou’ll find quaint 1930s-era cafés– the perfect place to sip a bica(espresso). Sore feet? Hop on theyellow number 28 tram!48 HOURS in lisbonFR$181shoestring glampackerLeave your stilettos (you too lads) atthe gorgeous Oasis Hostel and hitthe cobbles for the Experience LisbonWalk, tasting your way around elegantcrumbling squares and hidden lanewaybakeries. That night, hit the mojitolinedbars of the bursting BairroAlto, waking up late for some seriouspeople-watching and custard tarts.That evening, sip your way to recoveryon the Sunset Fado & Tapas Tour.inclusions• 1 night @ Oasis Hostel Lisbon (dorm)• Experience Lisbon Walk• Lisbon Sunset Fado & TapasLISBON OLDTOWN HOSTELFR$24FR$47DORMTWINPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTYou will feel the good vibes from themoment you arrive. Centrally located ina renovated 18th Century building, closeto the nightlife epicentre of Bairro Alto.Cleanliness is at the top of the list at thishostel as well as providing a free deliciousbreakfast, making sure you’re set up toenjoy Lisbon to the max.Free Wi-FiLISOTHOASIS HOSTELLISBONFR$30FR$46DORMDOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTCreated, designed and run by travellers,this is the hostel for you. It’s located in thecity centre next to the buzzing district ofBairro Alto, in a 100 year-old Portuguesemansion, offering both dorms and privaterooms. There’s a gorgeous patio garden, abar to meet new mates, free, fast Wi-Fi andcomplimentary brekkie.Free Wi-FiLISOHLrock solid A-LISTTURIM SUISSOATLANTICO HOTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTIn the heart of beautiful Lisbon on acobbled street of the old town, SuissoAtlantico is an affordable budget hotel.Peaceful by day, the area comes aliveby night as the young and funky gatherin Bairro Alto’s numerous bars andrestaurants to enjoy the vibe. Great value,the hotel also has a bar and TV lounge.FR FR$71 SINGLEGAT$90FR FR$43 TWIN/DOUBLE ROSSIO$50SINGLETWINPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTA classy design hotel at a great price! Therooms are ultra-modern and stylish, withflatscreen TVs and air con. Relax on thehotel’s outdoor terrace with a cocktailor take advantage of the free Wi-Fi. Thelocation is perfect in Lisbon’s La Baixaneighbourhood. Go on, you’ve worked for it,you deserve it - just go for it.LISBON SUNSETFADO & TAPASFR$92HALF DAYRevel in Lisbon’s old-world charm on thisguided walking tour. Sip a sour cherryGinjinha, the city’s trademark liqueur, takea vintage tram ride, then admire a sunsetwith a refreshing beer at Graça. Strollthrough the cobblestone streets of Alfama,visit the beautiful River Tagus then finishwith tasty tapas and Fado music. Perfeito!BOOK 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR 10%DISCOUNT OFF STAYS 01JAN15–31OCT15Free Wi-FiLISSUIFree Wi-FiLISGARLISFAD170


VIENNAthe Vinopolis of viennaDid you know that Vienna issurrounded by seven squarekilometres of vineyards makingit the largest wine-growingcapital city?! With this in mind,who needs a better excuse thanto spend an evening in a rusticwine tavern chatting over thegood stuff. If you’re not a wineconnoisseur or just not a fanof the fermented grape, grabsome cheap eats at the eclecticNaschmarkt or soak up someculture at the State Opera House.CITIES48 HOURS in VIENNAFR$113glampackerrock solidFortunately, Vienna has as manylegendary coffee houses as it does‘Heuriger’ (wine taverns) to keep yougoing on your Viennese whirl. Waltzthrough the imperial palaces, operahouse and museums on a half-dayHistorical City Tour. We’d then hole upin a cosy tavern, head for the hipstercafés and bars of the 7th District, orif you’d rather have your wine glassessmashed than filled - hit the opera.inclusions• 1 night @ Wombat’s City (dorm)• Half day Historical City Tour withSchöenbrunn PalaceWOMBAT’S CITYHOSTEL VIENNAFR$35FR$51Free Wi-FiSTAY 3 PAY 2 - 02JAN15-28FEB15& 01NOV15-25DEC15DORMTWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThe dorms at this funky Wombat’s Hostelall have private lockers, personal readinglights and power outlets to charge phonesand iPods. The lobby is reminiscent of aViennese coffee house with cosy corners.The location is known as the ‘studentghetto’ with fab nightlife and budgetrestaurants nearby.VIEWCHCARLTON -OPERAFR$89FR$58Free Wi-FiSTAY 4 PAY 3 - 03JAN15-31MAR15& 04NOV15-27DEC15SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTAn art deco-style hotel with typicalViennese charm and a friendly atmosphere.Facilities include a cosy lounge, readingroom plus a generous breakfast buffet.The hotel is located in the best area ofthe city, between the famous Naschmarktand Karlsplatz Square, close to theunderground and buzzing bars and cafés.VIECARshoestringA-LISTBUDAPESTDAY TOURFR$193FULL DAYA&O VIENNASTADTHALLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTLocated close to Vienna’s biggest shoppingstreet, the old city centre and the trainstation, there’s definitely something for alltastes at A&O. The hostel has a bright andfresh vibe with a welcoming atmosphereand en suite private rooms. After a longday, relax in the recently-refurbishedlate-night bar and chill-out area!STAY 4 PAY 3 - 02JAN15-28FEB15 &01NOV15-29DEC15 (EXCLUDES SELECTED DATES)FR FR$20 DORMFALKENSTEINER $148FR FR$32 TWINHOTEL$82Free Wi-FiVIEAOVSINGLEDOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTWith super-chic metropolitan style, this isa fab hotel in the ritzy suburbs of Vienna.Wake up in your stylish room with woodenfloors and great views over the quaint citystreets and start your day with a generousAmerican-style breakfast. Enjoy the chilledvibe and complement yourself on your goodhotel choice!Free Wi-FiVIEFHSCover off the top attractions on thiswhistlestop city tour by coach and on foot.Start at Chain Bridge, pass Parliament andtake in spectacular views from Gelllert Hill.See the famous Central Market, Europe’slargest thermal spa, Heroes’ Square, theOpera House and St. Stephen’s Basilica.HISTORICAL CITY TOURWITH SCHÖNBRUNN PALACEVIEBUDFR$78HALF DAYThis city tour, by coach, is a great littletaster of this imperial city. Check out thearchitectural styles of the magnificentOpera House, Hofburg Palace, Burgtheatreand museums. Finish up at the exclusiveshowrooms of the stunning SchönbrunnPalace. Goodnight Vienna!VIEHIS171


BERLINCITIESBallsy BerlinQuirky, rebellious, artistic,fashionable and definitelyhistorical, Berlin is the cityto watch. Imagine a fusion ofgalleries, cool bars and boutiqueswhere the remainder of the BerlinWall is used as an artist’s canvasand you’ve got vibrant, moderndayBerlin. Take a walking tour toexplore the city’s colourful historyunveiled through its many famouslandmarks, chow down on a tastycurrywurst then dance ‘til sunriseat one of its zeitgeist clubs.INSIDER72 HOURS in berlinFR$73We love Berlin. We’d happily wear ‘I heart Berlin’ T-shirts without any sense of fashionirony. However, Berlin parties can last at least three days and our travellers, as lovely asyou are, aren’t necessarily known for their willpower. So, as you need to see the sights ofthis once-divided city to understand why it can party so hard, this is what we’d do. Stayin East Berlin’s Friedrichshain, where opinionated artists canvas the streets and danceall night in derelict warehouses. To avoid temptation for now (although it’s Germany soa breakfast beer isn’t necessarily frowned upon) start with the Insiders Famous Walkto witness all Berlin’s historic icons. Protocol rules you should probably then have acurrywurst. NOW you can dance all night. For VIP entry to Berlin’s intoxicating array ofbars, hook up with the Berlin Bar Tour. Get up (ouch) and mooch all day in Kreuzberg,a locals’ neighbourhood of zeitgeist art, canalside bohemia and beer bonhomie. Finally,think about visiting Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp - tough, but necessary.inclusions• 2 nights @ A & O Hostel Friedrichshain(dorm including breakfast)• Insiders Famous Walk (see page 173)• Berlin Bar Tour (see page 173)Our city packages are tailor-made. Tocreate your perfect 72 hours, ask about:• Ugrading your accommodation• Swapping any of the included tours with:Berlin PassConcentration Camp Sachsenhausen (p.173)SHOESTRING / glampackera-list1 2GENERATORBERLIN HOSTELSPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Take your pick from dorms or private ensuite rooms at both hostels• Rent a bike from Mitte - the best way to explore this trendy district• Sun’s out! Enjoy a cold one in Prenzlauer Berg’s lively beer gardenFR FR$30 DORMPARK INN$124FR FR$52 TWIN/DOUBLE ALEXANDER PLATZ$70PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT• Enjoy knock-out panaromic city views from your room• High spec, tasteful furnishings plus marble bathrooms• Chow down on the hotel’s legendary brunch, with live music!SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEGenerator offers two great hostels in Berlin: Generator Berlin Mitte- think uber-stylish and the Generator Berlin Prenzlauer Berg -think edgy party hostel. Both hostels have buzzing bars with dailyhappy hour, clean and affordable accommodation plus tons offacilities including free Wi-Fi, TV lounge and much more.Soaring high over Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, this hotel offers modern,spacious rooms and is close to all the major attractions. The hotelboasts a lively bar with terrace and unobstructed views of Berlin, acasino on the 37th floor and a large fitness and wellness area. Therooms are a treat with heated floors and even rain showers!Free Wi-FiSTAY 3 PAY 2 - 01JAN15-28FEB15BERGEN/BERMITEBERPI172


Straße des 17. JuniKURFÜRSTENDAMMVICTORYCOLUMNVOLKSPARKHASENHEIDEGROSSERTIERGARTENTIERGARTENPotsdamer StraßeHAMBURGERBAHNHOFREICHSTAGBUILDINGBRANDENBURGGATEHOLOCAUSTMEMORIALPOTSDAMERPLATZBERLIN WALL MEMORIALMITTE1 2MUSEUMISLANDJEWISH MUSEUMKreuzbergOtto-Braun-StraßeALEXANDERPLATZUNTER DEN LINDENGENDARMENMARKT54CHECKPOINTCHARLIEVOLKSPARKHASENHEIDEVOLKSPARKFRIEDRICHSHAINEAST SIDEGALLERYKarl-Marx-AlleeFRIEDRICHSHAINMühlenstraße3SCHöNEFELD Airport: 15 km61BUCKET LISTBERLINBERLIN BAR TOURFR$21Fancy yourself as a professional barfly? Then, skip the tourist trail and rubshoulders with the locals on this ‘insider’tour of Berlin’s very best bars and clubs.Enjoy free beer on arrival, then visit fourhot bars including bohemian, velvetdrapedlounges, chic cocktail haunts andauthentic pubs. Knock back unlimitedshots and forget about queuing - you’vegot VIP guest list entry to one of the city’stop clubs. Dance ‘til dawn with your fellowpartygoers for a truly epic night.BERPUBCITIESglampackerrock solida-list3 4 5PLUSBERLINFR FR FR$32 SINGLENH HEINRICH $144 SINGLEGAT POINT $94FR FR FR$47 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$72 DOUBLE CHARLIE$56PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThis hostel boasts modern, funky designand great facilities. Step inside and you’llreceive the kind of service always welcomein a strange new city! There’s an indoorpool, sauna, laundry, outdoor courtyard,restaurant, bar and café. All rooms haveWi-Fi and private rooms have flatscreenTVs. Perfect!A real home from home, this modern hotelhas space in spades - choose from rooms,suites or apartments - all with livingrooms, queen-sized beds and kitchenettes.You’ll feel like you’ve got your own Berlincrash pad. After sightseeing-packed daysspent exploring the nearby historical sites,it’s a welcome and relaxing city retreat.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLESnag yourself a little bit of history andjoin JFK in his ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ (I am aDoughnut) quote by staying right on one ofthe world’s most famous border crossings- Checkpoint Charlie. Trendy rooms - tick,own clothing line - tick, urban design - tick,minimalist design - tick. Go on - you knowyou want to.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiSTAY 5 PAY 4 - 15FEB15-15NOV15BERPLU EBERNH EBERGCa-list6NHOWBERLINFR$182FR$92SINGLEDOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTEurope’s first music hotel has landed inBerlin. Situated on the River Spree in theheart of the creative and artistic scene, itfocuses on design and music with state ofthe art in-room entertainment systems,vibrant design (they do love a splash ofbold colour!) plus free Wi-Fi and twoprofessional music studios.INSIDERSFAMOUS WALKDiscover the history of the Third Reichand Cold War on this fascinating, fourhourwalking tour. You’ll visit the BerlinWall, the ‘death strip’, Brandenburg Gateand the Nazi War Bunkers. Then, head onto the controversial Holocaust Memorial,Checkpoint Charlie, Reichstag Parliamentand Nazi Book Burning memorial.FR FR$16 CONCENTRATION CAMP $20HALF DAY TOUR SACHSENHAUSENFULL DAYDelve into the dark heart of the Holocauston this guided, six-hour walking tour ofSachsenhausen. Originally built for theBerlin Olympics in 1936, it went on tobecome a prison for 200,000 people, ofwhich 50,000 were brutally murdered.Hear chilling stories of tragedy and survivalduring this poignant time in history.Free Wi-FiEBERNBBERINTBERCON173


MUNICHCITIESThe Bavarian capitalIntroducing Munich, the pulsingcity that positively crackles forlegendary booze fair Oktoberfest.Attracting millions of revellersworldwide, you’ll spend your daysand nights drinking beer by thestein (ein prosit!), eating15-inch pretzels and cuttingshapes to traditional Bavarianmusic. If this isn’t floating yourboat or you’re visiting outsideof Sept/Oct, (literally) grab yourskates and whizz around theOlympic ice rink like a pro.48 HOURS in munichglampackerFR$124rock solidSo, this is our attempt to keep youout of the beer halls long enough tosee Bavaria’s beautiful (read: oftenbizarre) capital. Jump on the freehostel tour to see the icons, veeringoff to watch locals surf (bizarre) inthe English Gardens (beautiful). Hiddeninside is Munich’s most idyllic beergarden so that’s tonight sorted. Thenext day, explore the fairytale castlesof Bavaria’s chocolate box Alps.inclusions• 1 night @ Wombats Hostel (dorm)• The Royal Castles Neuschwansteinand Linderhof TourshoestringWOMBAT’SCITY HOSTELFR$39PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTFree Wi-FiSTAY 3 PAY 2 - 02JAN15-28FEB15& 01NOV15-25DEC15DORMThis funky hostel, next to the main trainstation and a short walk from the citycentre and Marienplatz, is the perfectbase from which to explore Munich. TheWombat bar is a great place to meet othertravellers, enjoy a drink and have a game ofpool. All rooms have an en suite bathrooms,whilst some have a private balcony.MUCWOMSHOESTRINGCREATIFELEPHANTFR$117FR$80SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThis hotel (kudos for the great name)is located within the city centre down aquiet side street. All the rooms are clean,simple and modern, offering TV. If you wanta friendly vibe complete with Wi-Fi, TVlounge, bright and airy breakfast room anda main railway station nearby, this pad isperfect for you.MUCCRESHOESTRINGA&O HOSTELHACKERBRUECKEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThis clean and modern hostel is in a greatlocation - just one stop from the mainstation and only ten minutes from thelegendary Oktoberfest. It’s laid back with acosy TV lounge with billiards, table footballplus a rooftop bar and terrace boasting fabpanoramic views. All rooms have a privatebathroom, balcony and TV.FR FR$25 DORMA&O HOSTEL $78FR FR$44 TWINHAUPTBAHNHOF $47SINGLETWINPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTA two-minute walk from the central station,the crisp decor of this quiet 73-roomhostel is just a taster of what’s on offer atA&O City. Modern rooms come equippedwith private bathrooms, a TV and mosthave a balcony, giving you spectacularviews of one of the greatest cities inEurope.WIES’NCAMPFR$115PER TENTPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThis secure and convenient campsite offersbudget accommodation in permanent tentsfor the duration of Oktoberfest. Thereare toilets, hot showers, food and a little‘Oktoberfest tent’ on-site so you can startthe festivities straight away! Oktoberfestand the city centre can be easily reachedwithin 15 minutes.STAY 4 PAY 3 -Free Wi-Fi01JAN15-28FEB15 &01NOV15-29DEC15 (EXCLUDES SELECTED DATES)MUCAAOSTAY 4 PAY 3 - 01JAN15-28FEB15& 01NOV15-29DEC15(EXCLUDES SELECTED DATES)Free Wi-FiMUCCHMFree Wi-FiMUCVIE174


PRAGUEa pint (or three) in PragueTo say that the Czechs like beeris an understatement. Generallycheaper than bottled water andavailable to buy at any time,you’re going to want to mentally(and physically) prepare your liverfor your Prague adventure. WithGambrinus, Kozel’s Medium andPilsner Urquell to choose from,it’s up to you to decide what’sbest of the bunch. Not a beerfan? No worries; explore the city’smedieval warrens and gaze at thegothic spires of Prague Castle.CITIES48 HOURS in pragueFR$215Prague’s eternal beauty and quirkycharms have nothing to do withsquiffy beer googles. However, tostop you accidentally getting stuck inat the hostel pub straight from checkin,visit Prague’s iconic squares,historic quarters, bridges and castleson the Prague Discovery tour. Havingticked off a heap of culture, hiccupyour way around the legendary beerhalls on the Beer & Czech Tapas Tour.inclusions• 1 night @ Sir Toby’s hostel (dorm)• Prague Discovery Tour• Prague Beer & Czech Tapas TourSIRTOBY’SPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSTAY 3 PAY 2 - 10JAN15-02APR15 &01NOV15-27DEC15FR$17FR$33SHOESTRINGDORMTWINHoused in an art-nouveau building in thehip, cultural Holesovice area within walkingdistance of some of Prague’s best clubs,Sir Toby’s offers shared and private rooms.There’s a communal kitchen, luggagestorage and free use of computers. The Pubis the social hub, hosting events like beertasting, game nights and barbecues.Free Wi-FiPRGSTLPLUSPRAGUEFR$23FR$37PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTOne of Prague’s coolest hostels (part of thepopular PLUS chain) boasts an awesomebar to party with new travelling buddiesand is just a few stops from the city centre.Europe’s plushest hostel has an indoorpool and sauna, an amazing chill-out areawith large screen TV and girls can pamperthemselves in the unique PLUS Girls zone.STAY 3 PAY 2 -Free Wi-Fi02JAN15-02APR15 &18OCT15-28DEC15STAY 4 PAY 3 - 03APR15-17OCT15glampackerSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRGPLUGLAMPACKER rock solidFUSIONPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTJust 50m from Wenceslas Square, thisstylish beauty provides you with a choicefrom dorms to doubles, all with free Wi-Fiand en suite. Throw in a circular, rotatingbar complete with a corner for shisha, aCzech gastro pub, the Soup in the Cityeatery, a playroom with a Skype booth andan outdoor terrace and you’ve got it made.FR FR$36 DORMHOTEL$104FR FR$72 DOUBLE JULIAN$52SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTA first-class hotel in a great location, justten minutes from the Charles Bridge withviews of Prague Castle from the terrace.Take advantage of the fitness centre withsauna, whirlpool, tanning room and gym.Or, if you want a bit of relaxation, chill inthe English-style drawing room with anopen fire and Irish-style pub.PRAGUE BEER &CZECH TAPAS TOURFR$98HALF DAYUnite with fellow beer enthusiasts on thisguided, evening tour of four of the city’slegendary beer halls, a microbrewery andsome superb drinking holes off the touristtrail. Learn about the Czech lifestyle andbeer culture throughout the ages as yousample five beers and four traditional ‘beertapas’, hic! Includes a tram and metro ride.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiPRGFUSISIC HOLDERS RECEIVE 1 FREE BEERPRGJULPRGPBC175


REYKJAVIKCITIEScolour & contrastSFlooded with 22 hours of lightevery day during summer andjust a few hours in winter, theimpulsive soul of quirky andeffervescent Reykjavik is one you’llwant to visit again and again.Gawp at the swirling shades ofcloudy green that dance throughthe sky on a crisp evening (AKAAurora Borealis), bathe in oneof its geothermal pools and hita Friday night runtur (bar crawl)around some of its notoriousnightclubs. Skál!INSIDER72 HOURS in reykjavikFR$436Three days in Reykjavik could mean you either have 72 hours of summer sunlight to fill,or 16 winter hours. Either way, fitting your runtur (drinking shots with strangers) aroundthe geothermal pools (bathing with half-naked strangers) takes some planning. Reykjavikhas the charm of a reindeer-wearing Nordic village but the spirit of a big city teenagerso before darkness descends (anywhere between 3pm and 11pm depending on themonth) take a day to wander. Watch the boats at the Old Harbour, join the cosy coffeeculture, mooch around Kolaportio flea market (weekends) or visit the alarming number ofmuseums - including a penis museum home to 280 human and animal err, members? Fillup on seafood and Viking-sized steaks before joining the weekend runtur (essentially anation celebrating that drinking is now affordable). On Day 2, hide your hangover fear inthe steam of the Blue Lagoon pools before joining one of the hostel’s legendary nights.On your final day, take a jeep tour to see the other-worldly Northern Lights (Sep-Apr).inclusions• 2 nights @ Reykjavik Backpackers (dormincluding breakfast)• Northern Light Explorer Tour (see page 177)• Blue Lagoon Tour (see page 177)• Our city packages are all tailor made. Tocreate your perfect 72 hours, ask about:• Ugrading your accommodation• Extending your city break with our IcelandSelf Drive (see page 177)• Adding return airport transfers fr $62SHOESTRING ROCK SOLID1 2REYKJAVIKBACKPACKERSPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Looking to explore further afield? Camping equipment rental available• Choose from private rooms or dorms with shared bathrooms• Clean and friendly budget accommodationFR FR$40 DORMCENTER HOTEL$80FR FR$56 TWIN/DOUBLE KLOPP$48PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Need some retail therapy? Hit the nearby main shopping street• Warm, comfy surroundings, perfect after a long day’s sightseeing• Tasteful Nordic decorSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThis lively hostel run by travellers is located on the city’s mainshopping street close to bars, cafés and restaurants. It’s a greatplace to meet people, with a freshly-decorated bar that organisesregular theme parties, trivia nights and pub crawls. You’ll be sureto make a whole load of new mates in no time!Free Wi-FiREKBKPThis clean, modern hotel provides the perfect base for exploringthe Icelandic capital with all the main attractions, bars, restaurantsand cafés within walking distance. Rooms come with Internetaccess and are decorated in contemporary Scandinavian style withwooden floors and en suite black slate bathrooms.Free Wi-FiEREKCH176


VESTURBæRHARPA CONCERT CENTRE2AUSTURVÖLLUR 3 1SQUAREHringbrautLaugavegurNATIONAL GALLERYCHURCH OF5HALLGRÍMURNATIONAL MUSEUMREYKJAVIK DOMESTICAIRPORTMIÐBæRSnorrabrautNAUTHÓLSVÍKGEOTHERMAL BEACHTHE PEARLBústaða vegurSæbrautHLIÐARMiklabrautFOSSVOGSKIRKJUGARÐURLAUGARDALURHÁALEITI4NREYKJAVIK BOTANICGARDENSREYKJAVIK International Airport& BLUE LAGOON: 49KMBUCKET LISTREYKJAVIKBLUEFR$126LAGOONHALF DAYNo visit to Iceland would be completewithout a trip to famous geothermal spa,the Blue Lagoon. Set in striking scenery ina lava field, relax your stress away in milkyblue/green waters, within a steam bath orunder a tumbling waterfall. If the naturalpampering leaves your stomach rumbling,browse the shop for some uniquely-blendedskincare products. Return transfers areincluded but a small supplement may bepayable locally if the entrance fee changes.REKBLLCITIESROCK SOLID rock solida-list3 4 5FRÓNHOTELFR FR FR$106 SINGLEHOTEL$100 SINGLERADISSON $162FR FR FR$64 TWIN/DOUBLE CABIN$62 TWINBLU SAGA $84PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTClose to the capital’s bars, cafes andgalleries, this modern downtown hoteloffers stylish en suite rooms with parquetflooring and plush beds. Expect friendlyservice and a comfortable stay. Enjoyhearty, Nordic cuisine in its cosy restaurantor grab a bite to eat from Laugavegu - themain shopping street where Frón is based.First of all, happy hour at the bar is from4-7pm. Not sure about you, but we’re OKwith this loose interpretation of an hour.Plus, you can always balance things out atthe uber-healthy salad bar. A 15-minutewalk along the seafront Sculpture & ShorePath into the centre, this hotel is no-frillsbut has neat-as-a-pin en suite rooms.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEA ten-minute walk from the city centre,this chic hotel boasts striking urban orsea views from its modern rooms andsuites, complete with Icelandic art. Enjoygourmet Nordic cuisine at the eighth-floorrestaurant, cosy up with a mixed drink inthe lounge bar or indulge in a hot stonemassage at the swanky spa.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiEREKFR EREKHC EREKRBNORTHERN LIGHTSEXPLORERFR$234 SELF-DRIVEFR$1,084HALF DAY ICELAND9 DAYSSee the vivid, bright colours of the Northern Lights dance acrossthe Arctic sky on this three-hour tour. Hop in your comfy SuperJeep then head out on a guided chase in search of Aurora Borealis.With cloudless skies, the swaying displays are usually a stunningemerald colour but can also be white, red and rosy pink if the timeis right. Rest assured, if the tour goes ahead and the lights don’tshow, the trip will be offered again free of charge!Departs: Daily (Sep-Apr) Meals: No meals included Transport: Pick-up fromReykjavik accommodation in Super Jeep Tour Code: REKNLHStarting in Reykjavik, drive the whole way around Iceland fromthe south’s geysers, waterfalls and black sand beaches, past theeastern fjords and up to the geological wonders of the north. Ahost of activities are included, from snorkelling between tectonicplates at Pingvellir, a guided hike on the Vatnajökull Glacier, sailingthrough the icebergs of Jökulsarlon Lagoon, soaking in the naturebaths at Lake Myvatn and a thrilling whale watching cruise.Departs: Daily (15 May-15 Sep) Accommodation: Basic hostel or hotel withshared facilites Includes: All activities specified and road book but excludes carhire. Please see page 29 Tour Code: REKTIC177


ATHENSCITIESclassic yet CONTEMPORARYSophisticated and stylish, this is21st Century Athens. A sprawlingmetropolis laced with majesticmonuments and an ancient past.Named after Athena, goddessof wisdom, it’s the oldest cityin Europe and has undergone adramatic facelift, spurred on bythe 2004 Olympics. Think modishrestaurants and bars and livelytavernas. Make sure you checkout the legend at the magnificentParthenon Temple, on top of theAcropolis.48 HOURS in athensFR$103glampackerSHOESTRINGA labyrinth of ancient antiquity andlively concrete jungle, a ball of stringwon’t help guide you through Athens(nor fight a minotaur) but this might.Overflowing with treasures, see it allon one epic odyssey (well, it’s actuallythe Markets, Ruins & Athens tour).Catch sunset over the Acropolis beforehitting the bars of the old gasworks.Next day, sleep it off behind a stonegoddess in the National Gardens.inclusions• 1 night @ AthenStyle (dorm)• Markets, Ruins & Ancient AthensTourATHENSTYLEHOTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTAthenStyle has it all - dorms and privaterooms with ensuites, air con, free Wi-Fi andbed linen. Add in a central location beneaththe Acropolis (great views from the rooftopbar), free breakfast, art and music events,a common kitchen, and all the nightlife ofPsiri on your doorstep - what more couldyou ask for?FR FR$36 DORMHOTEL$61FR FR$52 TWINEVRIPIDES $39Free Wi-FiSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTA great location, with so much of thisancient city on its doorstep. From therooftop garden you can take in panoramicviews all around Athens includingthe Acropolis. Retreat to the friendlyrestaurant where you can pick up a buffetbreakfast each morning and relax incomfortable rooms with private bathrooms.Free Wi-FiATHSTYSTAY 4 PAY 3 - 01JAN-31MAR15ATHEVRrock solidA-LIST7ARIONHOTELFR$100FR$60SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTGet a grandstand view of the mightyAcropolis from the rooftop garden andbar of this Psiri located hotel. The decoris modern with elegant and contemporaryfurnishings. Large plush rooms includespacious marble bathrooms, cable TV, aircon, fridge and some have the added bonusof even having their own balcony.ACROPOLIS HILLHOTELFR$127FR$67SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSituated in the historical heart of Athens,this stylish hotel is close to Plaka. Guestscan expect breathtaking views of the cityand the Parthenon from the hotel’s roofgarden. With a bar and rooms equippedwith satellite TV, private balcony, air conand modern design, this hotel is the perfectbase for a stay in style!MARKETS, RUINS &ANCIENT ATHENSFR$67HALF DAYBrowse flea markets, barter for leathergoods and antiquities and delve intoAthens’ rich history. Accompanied by yourlocal guide, explore Monastiraki (monastic)Square, mingle with merchants and seeancient ruins. Finish up at the mightyAcropolis where you’ll learn about the mythsof the Parthenon and the Athena Nike.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiSTAY 3 PAY 2 - 01JAN15-31MAR15ATHARISTAY 3 PAY 2 - 01JAN15-31MAR15ATHAHHATHMRK178


GREEK ISLANDSlife Doesn’t get feta than thisThe Greek Islands; a lusciouscombination of quaintlaid-back towns, pristine waters,mouthwatering mezedes anda banging nightlife. Explorewhitewashed fishing villages,uncover ancient myths andexplore (snorkel and mask onhead) the Grecian underwaterworld. Come dusk, head out intothe warm breeze for lip-smackingseafood, body-busting tunes andshots of ouzo (if you can stomachit). Yammas!CITIESSHOESTRING rock solid A-LISTVILLA VERGINA,SANTORINIFR FR FR$67 SINGLEHAROULA $130 SINGLETHEOXENIA $118FR FR FR$34 TWIN/DOUBLEHOTEL, SANTORINI$72 TWIN/DOUBLEHOTEL, SANTORINI$64SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThis charming seaside hotel in the villageof Perrissa is only 30 metres from a blacksandy beach typical of Santorini. There’sa swimming pool at the resort with a barserving refreshing cocktails and the gardencafé is the perfect place to enjoy an ouzo.The apartment rooms have mini-kitchenfacilities perfect for self-catering.Just 150 metres from the centre of Fira onSantorini, this is the perfect choice if youwant to combine the peaceful countrysidebut also be able to enjoy buzzing nightlife.Great service will cater to your everyneed as you sip your morning coffee.Traditionally furnished rooms all have abalcony and there is also a pool to relax by.Tucked in the cliffside, this exclusivenine-room hotel overlooks the ocean andSantorini volcano. Luxurious, modernrooms come with plush beds, air con andbalconies. Hit the restaurants and boutiqueshops of downtown Fira or relax in the topfloor hot tub with priceless views of thecaldera. Bliss!Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiEYEVER EYEHAR EEYETHSHOESTRING rock solidPARADISE BEACH,MYKONOSPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHTParadise Beach is the place to party onMykonos. With an enviable beachsidelocation, enjoy the watersports on offer! Bynight, hit Tropicana bar right on the beach.Stay in wooden cabins just steps fromthe beach. There’s a long list of facilitiesfrom shops, restaurants, bike rental andInternet.FR FR$31 SINGLEARTEMIS HOTEL. $77FR FR$22 TWINMYKONOS$48SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThis is a small hotel with a friendly vibeon Stefano beach, only 2.5 kilometresfrom Mykonos Town. Nearby are fourrestaurants, a mini-market, car and bikerental. The hotel has a café and bar andall the cosy rooms have balconies with seaviews. The rooms offer satellite TV, air con,a minibar and balcony.MYKONOS &SANTORINI ADVENTUREFR$5557 DAYSWhy not combine these two stunningislands on one pre-organised trip?Departing from the port of Piraeus(Athens), enjoy three nights on eachisland in a decent tourist-class hotel withbreakfast to help soak up the damageinflicted the night before. Round trip ferrytransfers are also included.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiJMKPARJMKARTBEMSAD179


ISTANBULCITIESshish! what turkish delightsIf you’re up for somewhere new,exciting and full of design-culture,head to Istanbul. Art lovers willbe spoilt for choice with the likesof Pera Museum and IstanbulModern, both offering their veryown cutting-edge pieces. If artdoesn’t draw you, grab your walletand head to the hustle and bustleof the Grand Bazaar; the biggestcovered market of its kind in theworld. The 3,000+ shops will keepyou busy for weeks. Be preparedto barter.INSIDER72 HOURS in istanbulFR$287The bridge between Europe and Asia, east and west, old and new - Istanbul is a dazzlingmezze of heady historical splendours and shockingly stylish nightlife. To ensure yousee it all, have time for kebabs (always!) and find your way out of Istanbul’s paradoxicalmazes, this is what we’d do. Firstly, get your Istanbul bearings with a tour through thecity’s enchanted icons, including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque.Later, wander to the glittering banks of the Bosphorous for sunset cocktails and theferocious party scene in nearby Ortaköy (kebab opportunity 1). The next day, jumpa few sombre centuries back to the WWI battlefields with a Gallipoli trip, letting goafterwards in the bars of Nixantasi or Istiklal Street (kebab opportunity 2). Dedicateyour final day to a cultural journey of shopping and food. Visit the Grand Bazaar beforeswapping the crowds of Sultanahmet for the traditional neighbourhoods of Eminonu orFatih, searching out spice markets, authentic meyhana raki bars and tea gardens.inclusions• 2 nights @ Orient Hostel (dorm includingbreakfast)• Istanbul City Tour (see page 181)• Gallipoli Day Trip (see page 181)Our city packages are all tailor-made. Tocreate your perfect 72 hours, ask about:• Ugrading your accommodation• Swapping any of the included tours with:Turkish Baths Experience• Adding return airport transfers fr $100GLAMPACKER ROCK SOLID1 2#BUNK BEYOGLU& TAKSIMPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Two cracking locations in trendy Beyoglu or the heart of Taksim Square• Chic urban design and minimalist decor with big creature comforts• Soak up views from Taksim’s top floor bar or Beyoglu’s rooftop terraceFR FR$45 DORMDIVA’S BOUTIQUE$73FR FR$63 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$48PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Dine al fresco in the Lemony Garden terrace restaurant• Elegantly-decorated rooms, most with sea views or a balcony• A charming and comfy hotel with personal touchsSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEAs if to prove just how lush budget travelling can get, #Bunk builttwo smashing hostels. Perfect for arty urbanites, both hostels arefun, cultural and super stylish with heaps of kerb appeal near tochic bars and cafés. Fluffy towels, marble bathrooms and air conare a given, plus hair straighteners on request for glampack nights.Free Wi-FiISTBNK/ISTTAKSituated in the historic Sultanahmet district, Diva’s will add alittle glamour to your holiday. There’s plenty of sparkle in the chicrooms, all of which come with en suite, air con and panoramicviews over the Old Town. Plus, there’s a garden with big, comfysofas where you can escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.Free Wi-FiISTDIV180


GOLDEN HORNPERAMUSEUM1BEYoGLU1TAKSIMMedis-i Mebusan CdDOLMABAHÇEMOSQUENBUCKET LISTISTANBULAdnan Menderes Bulvarı5ataturk internationalairport: 20kmFatihFATIN CAMIAtatürk BlvdBEYAZITMOSQUEKennedy CaddesiGRANDBAZAARGalata Kpr.GARNI2HAGIA SOPHIA454SULTANAHMETCAMII (BLUE MOSQUE)37 6GÜLHANEPARK2 1BOSPHOROUSTOPKAPIPALACEISTANBUL CITY TOURFR$115Short on time? Don’t miss a thing withthis nifty, full-day tour that covers offIstanbul’s unmissable and most popularattractions. Led by a professional,English-speaking guide, prepare to bewowed by resplendent sights includingTopkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia church, theByzantine Palace and the city’s iconic andenchanting Blue Mosque. With return hoteltransfers, entrance fees and breakfast andlunch thrown in, it couldn’t be any easier.ISTICTCITIESSHOESTRING SHOESTRING rock solid3 4 5SULTANHOSTELFR FR FR$28 DORMORIENT$15 DORMMINA$100FR FR FR$47 TWIN/DOUBLE HOSTEL$30 TWINHOTEL$58PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTWithin staggering distance of the city’sbest bars, the Sultan Hostel has arestaurant serving top-notch food atgreat prices and a rooftop bar lookingout onto the water. Breakfast, towels andfree Internet are all included. With localattractions within walking distance, whatmore could you ask for?Known as the `Hip Sultanahmet Hangout’,the Orient Hostel has it all. Comfortable,clean rooms to chill out after a day ofsightseeing and haggling, a TV lounge towatch DVDs, free Wi-Fi to catch up withfriends, free lockers and safety depositboxes to keep your belongings safe. Plus,there’s a games room and terrace cafe.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThis beautiful hotel is located in the OldTown with all the main sights nearby, butyou don’t have to leave the hotel to seethem thanks to the terrace café bar and itspanoramic views! Take in everything fromthe Blue Mosque to the Marmara Sea whiledrinking or dining in style. There’s also asauna, massage room and fitness centre.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiISTSTN ISTOHO EISTMHGALLIPOLIDAY TRIPFR$142 GALLIPOLI & TROYFR$739FULL DAY GETAWAY5 DAYSTake a trip down memory lane on this insightful day trip. DepartIstanbul early morning and head to the famous World War Ibattlefields of Gallipoli. Once an area of conflict, these fields arenow incredibly serene and one of Turkey’s must-sees. Stop for atasty lunch, then visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, ChunukBair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Johnston’s Jolly andKaba Tepe Gallipoli Museum. Return to Istanbul in the evening.Departs: Daily Transport: Air con coach Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Morningpick-up from your hotel, entrance fees & English-speaking guide Tour Code:ISTITISee Turkey’s wilder side and get a culture kick on this getaway thatincludes four nights’ accommodation. Start with an old city tour ofIstanbul, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palaceand Basilica’s cistern. Day 3, head to Gallipoli’s WWI battlefieldsand overnight in the town of Canakkale. Next day, visit the ancientcity of Troy, home to the famed wooden horse, returning toIstanbul that night. After breakfast your tour ends on Day 5.Departs: Daily Accommodation: 4* hotel Istanbul (3 nts), 4* hotel Canakkale (1nt) Transport: Air con bus Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Includes:Ataturk Airport transfer to hotel, entrance fees & guide Tour Code: ISTIGT181


EXPLORE MOREOSLOHOTEL FR $60Whatever European trip you’re planning, we have accommodation acrossthe continent so just give us a call and we can hook you up for the night.Prices shown are per person in a dorm or twin share roomNORWAYCITIESDENMARKGLASGOWHOTEL FR $30BRUGES, BELGIUMIRELANDMANCHESTERHOTEL FR $52UNITEDKINGDOMWhen ‘In Bruges’ spend days strollingthrough cinematic cobbled streets, quaintcanals and Medieval churches, drinkingbeer and narrowly escaping sugar comasfrom all the chocolate. Oh, and we’re stillpatiently waiting on iconic Lovers’ NETHERLANDS Bridgefor the lovely Mr Farrell.HOSTEL FR $26HAMBURGHOTEL FR $46BRUGESBELGIUMGERMANYBRIGHTONHOTEL FR $58BRUSSELSHOTEL FR $36LUXEMBOURGFRANCEZURICH, SWITZERLANDgeneva, switzerlandZURICHSWITZERLANDHiding behind a straight-laced, super cleanand boring banking reputation - Zurich hasgrown into a bit of a wild child. Host toEurope’s biggest annual street party anda regenerated industrial quarter packedwith bars and trendy revellers, there’sbarely a stuffy banker bowler hat in sight.HOSTEL FR $60Geneva may be the gateway to the Alpsand diplomatic capital of the world (soplay nicely) but it’s not all NGOs andfondues. Discover an urban undersidein the fleamarkets and jazz dens ofPlainpalais or edgy bars of red-lit LesPâquis. Totally still eat the fondue though.HOTEL FR $118GENEVAMILANHOTEL FR $56HOTEL FR $38BILBAOSAN SEBASTIÁNHOTEL FR $54NICEHOTEL FR $40ANDORRAPORTUGALSPAIN


tallinn, estoniaSWEDENHELSINKIHOTEL FR $60TALLINNSTOCKHOLMSTOCKHOLM, SWEDENESTONIATallinn’s medieval charms and wild nightlifehave enchanted and exhausted visitors sincethe early 90s Baltic breakaway. Throwingoff the drab yoke of communism, discovertrendsetting boutiques, experimental artgalleries, burgundy-stained wine cellarsand folk up all night painting the town red.HOTEL FR $26COPENHAGENIslands of wholesome green parks, vividcoloured houses, world-famous DJs andhome-grown designers - everything aboutthis city is beautiful, especially the people.If that wasn’t enough of a blonde bombshellincentive, there’s also the world’s biggestIkea? Dunno, we just heard meatballs.HOTEL FR $50LATVIALITHUANIARIGAriga, LATVIACITIESCopenhagen, DenmarkVILNIUSHOTEL FR $26POLANDBELARUSAccording to the UN Happiness Report(this is real) Copenhageners are thehappiest people in the world. Probablybecause they have the most breweries perperson, live in a Hans Christian Andersenfairytale city and don’t have a single hillto upset all the eco-friendly bike riding.HOSTEL FR $42WARSAWHOTEL FR $24BUDAPEST, HUNGARYRuled at some point by everyone fromSwedes to Soviets, Riga knows how toembrace its freedom. Stroll through thegothic spires of the UNESCO Old Townbefore crazy nights that are more cosmothan ex-communist. In summer, hit thebeach. In winter? Well, it’s Baltic (duh).HOTEL FR $22CZECH REPUBLICAUSTRIABUDAPESTSLOVAKIABudapest’s faded fairytale streets lamentof its dissident musical & artistic past. Seea concert, avoid eye contact with fellowbathers in the hundreds of city Turkishbaths and when hungary (sorry) discovera surprisingly sophisticated foodie capital.Not a tasteless goulash in sight.HOSTEL FR $22MOLDOVAUKRAINESLOVENIAHUNGARYdubrovnik, CROATIAROMANIALJUBLJANAHOTEL FR $52CROATIASERBIASPLITHOTEL FR $36BOSNIA &HERZEGOVINADUBROVNIKMONTENEGROJumbled streets, gently chiming churches,ancient city walls and gold beaches lappedby the Adriatic - no, not a fantasy (althoughGame of Thrones was filmed here so kindof) just Dubrovnik. Journey into Croatia’sturbulent past in amazing museums BULGARIA beforehitting Banje Beach with your snorkel.HOTEL FR $44ITALYMACEDONIA


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Localpayments have been included where applicable in the total costprice. The prices in this brochure and website are based on ratesand costs in effect at time of printing the brochure or postingon the website and are subject to change. STA Travel will pass onany such increase to you.DocumentationTravel documentation will not be issued until full payment withcleared funds is received. It is your responsibility to ensurethat all of the details on your travel documents are correct andto bring to our attention any errors or discrepancies as soonas possible but in any event within 72 hours after STA Travelprovides you with your travel documents. STA Travel’s generalpractice is to send documents to our customers electronicallywhenever possible. We reserve the right to charge you anadministration fee if we send you such documents in hard copyform, at your request. All travel documents are non transferable.It is your responsibility to collect all paper travel documents priorto departure. Your travel documents are valuable and shouldbe safeguarded as if they were cash. It is not always possibleto replace travel documents in the case of loss, theft, damage etc.Cancellations and ChangesYour contract with your Third Party Suppliers may allow suppliers tocancel or amend bookings. We will ensure that you are promptlynotified of any significant changes, but accept no liability for anychanges or costs incurred which may result. If we make an errorin your booking, which gives rise to a need to significantly changeyour booking, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possibleif there is time before your departure. You will have the choice ofeither accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer ofalternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us,(we will refund any price difference if the alternative has a lowervalue), or cancelling your booked arrangements and receiving a fullrefund. You agree that this is the only compensation payable inconnection with such an error.Period before departure when Compensationa significant change is notified payable per personMore than 56 days NZD $055-29 days NZD $3028-15 days NZD $5014-7 days NZD $707-0 days NZD $90Despite anything to the contrary in these general terms orconditions, changes beyond our control to the extent permittedby law, we will not be liable to compensate you in any way, if asignificant change is made to your booking for reasons beyond ourcontrol. These include: war, threat of war, riots, civil disturbances,terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters,fire, epidemics, health risks, and changes due to rescheduling orcancellation of flights by an airline or alteration of the airline oraircraft type; closed or congested airports or ports, hurricanes andother actual or potential severe weather conditions, and any othersimilar event. If you have booked a flight and we are alerted to asignificant schedule change by your airline before you depart fromNew Zealand, we will contact you by email to advise you of this.Please ensure that you have given your contact email address toSTA Travel and that you regularly check for messages before youleave. STA Travel has no control over airline schedule changes andaccepts no liability for costs which may arise as a result of suchchanges. After you have left New Zealand or Singapore, it is yourresponsibility to check with the airline that any onward flights youhave confirmed are operating as booked. We strongly recommendthat you contact your airline at least 72 hours before thescheduled departure of each flight to do this. Please note that forsome airlines it is mandatory to confirm with them your intentionto fly. If you wish to change your booking and such a change ispermitted and possible, STA Travel will charge you a service feeto process the change. You may also be charged a service feeby your Third Party Supplier. For changes after departure pleasecontact your original STA Travel booking store for details. Pleasenote that all reservation changes are subject to availability andthe terms and conditions of the product or service purchased. Forchanges before departure please contact your original store thatbooked your ticket. The name in your booking must be exactly thesame as your passport. Changes to name details are not allowedby many airlines and other service providers. Whilst we will do ourbest to make such a change if necessary, please bear in mind thatmost airlines and other service providers treat a name change asa cancellation, to which standard conditions and charges wouldapply. Flights must be taken in the sequence they appear on yourticket or e-ticket confirmation. If you plan not to take a flight asbooked, pleasecontact the airline as far in advance as possible todiscuss your options. If you do not check in on time for a confirmedreservation, the airline may register you as a ‘no-show’, whichcould result in extra charges and/or your whole flight itinerarybeing cancelled and/or render your ticket void. If you cancel yourbooking, the cancellation terms and conditions of your. ThirdParty Suppliers will apply as well as STA Travel fees outlined onyour itinerary and receipt. We need to receive from you writtennotification of cancellation and your original ticket/voucher beforeany refund can be considered. If you decide to cancel arrangementsbefore the balance due date, any deposits paid are non-refundable.Refunds will only be paid to you once we have received the fundsback from Third Party Suppliers. Generally flight tickets cannotbe refunded if they are partially used. If the reason for yourcancellation is covered under the terms of your travel insurancepolicy, you may be able to reclaim your cancellation chargesthrough your insurer.Liability LimitationWe have taken all reasonable care to make sure that all theservices that make up the arrangements made by STA Travel areprovided by efficient and reputable businesses. These businessesshould follow the local and national laws and regulations of thecountry where they are provided. However, please be aware thatoverseas safety standards may be lower than in New Zealand and/or Singapore. You acknowledge and agree, however that, STA Travelhas no liability for any act, omission or default, whether negligentor otherwise, of any Third Party Supplier. In circumstances whereliability of STA Travel cannot be excluded, such liability is limitedto the value of the purchased travel arrangements. STA Travelreserves the right to decline to provide services to any individual.184VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


Privacy and personal informationWe will handle your personal information in accordance withthe terms and conditions set out in our Privacy Policy which isposted on our website at www.statravel.co.nz orwww.statravel.com.sg you consent to the disclosure of yourpersonal information to us and to Third Party Suppliers. Weand the Third Party Suppliers may disclose your personalinformation to others where directly connected withfacilitating your travel arrangements and bookings and theprovision of travel services and products. For example, wemay disclose your personal information to airlines, hotels, carrental companies and other service providers in facilitatingyour travel arrangements.Passport, VisaS and ImmigrationIt is your responsibility to fulfil the passport, visa and otherimmigration requirements for all transiting and stopoverdestinations applicable to your itinerary. You should confirmthese with the relevant High Commissions, embassies and/orconsulates. We do not accept any responsibility in the caseof you being unable to travel due to not complying with anysuch requirements. Your passport must be valid for 6 monthsbeyond your return date into New Zealand or Singapore.InsuranceTravel insurance is a vital part of your arrangements. Westrongly recommend that you have taken out adequateinsurance for the duration of your journey. Travel insuranceis a mandatory element of some travel arrangements. We canarrange travel insurance for you and can provide you with aquote and answer any queries you may have regarding theinsurance available to you.Travel advice and vaccinationsNew Zealand residents should refer to the travel advice postedby the Ministry’ of Foreign Affairs and Trade at www.mfat.govt.nz or www.safetravel.govt.nz for all the countries youintend to visit. Vaccinations may be required for some or all ofthe places you are intending to visit. It is your responsibilityto ensure that you have arranged all necessary vaccinationsfor your itinerary.Singaporean citizens should refer to the travel advice postedby the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.mfa.gov.sg for all thecountries you intend to visit. Vaccinations may be required forsome or all of the places you are intending to visit.Taxes and Frequent Flyer ProgramLocal travel and airport taxes and charges may applyin various overseas countries. Unless otherwise stated,these taxes are not included as part of the fees. Taxes andduties may need to be paid in local currency at the time ofdeparture and are subject to change without notice. It is yourresponsibility to check with your airlines on whether yourbooking with us is qualified for any points under any frequentflyer programs. Please retain all boarding passes to allowverification of your travel if required.If you have a complaintIf you have a problem during your holiday, please inform therelevant Third Party Supplier (e.g. your hotel) immediately.Should they be unable to resolve the matter, please contactSTA Travel in New Zealand or Singapore, either throughthe store where you made your arrangements, or throughcustomerrelations@statravel.com.au or or STA Travel inSingapore through marketing@statravel.com.sg If you fail tocontact STA Travel, we will not be permitted the opportunityto investigate your complaint and rectify any error whilst youare away and this may affect your rights under your contract.Other important informationFor unaccompanied minors travelling overseas without theirparent/s or legal guardian please contact the relevant airlinesfor further information. Please contact the airline directlyregarding airline carriage conditions and luggage restrictions.Any contract entered into pursuant to these terms andconditions will be governed by the laws of New Zealand and/orSingapore; and supersede all previous agreements in respectof its subject matter and will embody the entire agreementbetween the parties in respect of its subject matter. Anyindulgence or extension of time which STA Travel may grant toyou will not prejudice or interfere with STA Travel’s rights andwill not constitute a waive. Prices are based on low seasondepartures and seasonal surcharges may apply.TERMS & CONDITIONS185


TRAVEL INSURANCETRAVELINSURANCECHOOSING THE RIGHT POLICYWhen choosing a policy, it’s really important tounderstand what it does and doesn’t cover. Whilesome policies may appear to be the same, qualitycover is more than just high policy limits.A good policy will provide cover for more thanjust your luggage - it will provide cover for thecosts of you having to unexpectedly cancelor amend your trip, emergency evacuations,transport, accommodation and medical costsshould you become ill or get injured overseas.Most importantly, it will give you access to 24hour emergency assistance should you requireevacuation for medical treatment.Make sure you check policy luggage item limits;you might find that you need to purchaseadditional cover for valuable items (e.g. a newcamera). Also, check what excess you will beliable for in the event you need to make a claim -all our international policies give you a choice ofexcess, including a $nil option, which means noexcess will apply.Like all insurance, there are conditions andexclusions that apply to our cover. Theinformation below is a summary only of the coveravailable. For full details of about what we doand don’t cover under each plan and the benefitlimits and sub-limits that apply, please read theProduct Disclosure Statement.WHY TAKE OUT STA TRAVEL INSURANCE?No two travellers are the same. That’s why we’vecreated a policy that lets you do more...24 hour emergency assistanceAccess to our 24 hour emergency assistanceteam for overseas medical emergencies andevacuations, help with hospital bills andassistance should you lose your passport ortravel documents.New for old replacementReplacement or repair of lost, stolen or damageditems including mobile phones, tablets, personalcomputers and cameras.Policy extensionsYou can see all four corners of the globe on theone policy and if you decide to stay longer, you canpurchase a new policy for up to 12 months throughSTA Travel prior to expiry of your original policy.Adventure activitiesWe automatically cover loads of adrenalinpumping activities, which means you canexperience heaps more with less stress! Youare also automatically covered for skiing,snowboarding, moped riding and motorcycleriding without any additional cost.Working holidays and studying abroadPlanning on working or studying overseas?No problem - we cover working holidays andoverseas study.TOUR CANCELLATIONIf your selected tour is cancelled due toinsufficient numbers, we’ll cover amendmentfees to help rearrange your trip and get you onyour way.Cover for existing medical conditionsWe cover a range of pre-existing medicalconditions at no additional charge. A medicalassessment process is available for customerswith conditions or circumstances that falloutside the specified criteria for automaticcover. If accepted, other pre-existing medicalconditions will be covered by paying anadditional premium.THE COVER YOU CAN EXPECTNo complicated plans to choose from - just greatcover you can rely on. Here are some of theinclusions you can expect with your STA TravelComprehensive International Cover:• Unlimited overseas medical and dental cover• Unlimited cancellation cover• Unlimited additional expenses cover• Access to 24 hour emergency assistancePlus, cover for:• Luggage and travel documents (includingsporting equipment while in use)• Delayed luggage allowance• Money• Travel delay expenses• Hospital incidentals• Hijacking• Loss of income• Disability• Accidental death• Personal liabilityRegardless of your destination, travel insurance is one ofthe most important decisions you’ll make when arrangingyour holiday. Imagine being sick or injured in a foreigncountry where you don’t speak the language. Or worsestill - imagine being refused medical treatment until aninsurance company can guarantee your medical bills. It’sa scary thought, but these kinds of things happen all toooften, all over the world. Having a 24 hour emergencyassistance team of experienced doctors, nurses andcase managers to call on is why having the right travelinsurance is so important. It gives you peace of mind.CHOOSE EXTRAS THAT SUIT YOUJust like making your own playlist to suit yourmood, you can customise your STA Travel policyto suit your trip.CHOOSE AN EXCESSThe higher the excess you choose, the lower yourpremium will be. You can choose between a nil,$100 or $250 excess.RENTAL VEHICLE INSURANCE EXCESS COVERHiring a car or a campervan? Don’t want to paya massive excess if you have an accident? Youcan purchase $5,000 of Rental Vehicle InsuranceExcess Cover by paying an additional premium.ANNUAL MULTI-TRIP COVERIf you plan on getting away a few times over thenext 12 months, you might like to consider thisgreat value cover - a 12 month policy that coversany number of trips (you choose your maximumnumber of days per trip).TOP TIPS• Don’t risk it. Get travel insurance.• Don’t leave travel insurance to the last minute.Remember, when you purchase a policy withSTA Travel, cancellation cover starts from thetime you take out the cover.• Ask for your emergency assistance card andkeep it with you at all times while you’re away.• Read the Policy Wording and ask your STATravel Adviser if you have any questions.MORE INFOFor more information chat to your STA TravelAdviser or go towww.statravel.co.nz/nz-travel-insurance.htmThis insurance is issued and managed by AGA Assistance AustraliaPty Ltd ABN 52 097 227 177 (Incorporated in Australia) tradingas Allianz Global Assistance and is underwritten by AllianzAustralia Insurance Limited ABN 15 000 122 850 (Incorporated inAustralia) trading as Allianz New Zealand. STA Travel (NZ) LimitedCompany No. 296025 arranges this insurance as an agent ofAllianz Global Assistance. You should consider the Policy Wordingbefore making any decisions about this product.186VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


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